The two-door Mini Cooper is getting two additional portals in its next generation. A coming five-door Cooper S with central exhaust has been spotted out testing, the idea presumably being that it will pose a better challenge to other small, premium hatches in the segment like the A1 Sportback from Audi. Based on the same UKL platform that will support the production version of the BMW Concept Active Tourer, the wheelbase has been lengthened to make more room for rear passengers.

It should be revealed on the auto show circuit at some point next year, getting buyers ready for its production in 2014. We'll find out then if it gets a special name and how it fits in with – or perhaps replaces – the Clubman.


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      torqued
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ahh! To many options to choose from! Please go back to only offering one car, I get scared and confused when I walk into a dealership and they have more than one car on the floor. I also hate it when bars have more than one beer on tap, or when the same shoe company makes both a basketball shoe AND a running shoe. It dilutes the brand.
      Ratieya
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is the only recent MINI variant that makes sense. Same size as the regular car, two extra doors. The original 1959 MINi, and most other economy cars since, are only offered as a 3 door for cost savings. MINIs aren't cheap. They can attract more buyers to their brand of small car if it is just as useful as other small cars. As for their constant searching for new niche markets, that has always been a MINI thing. Most people probably thought the Moke was a ridiculous vehicle when it was new, but now they are a symbol of cool 1960s beach runner. People may think the same thing of today's Coupe and Roadster. As for the Countryman and Paceman, they seem to be at odds with some of the brand's core values, yet fully embrace others. You can order them any flavor you like, and you are never required to go with the slushbox. Whether that makes up for the goofy styling and completely bizarre interior is up to the person holding the checkbook.
      Felipe Politano
      • 2 Years Ago
      I truly don't mind Mini coming up with more Cooper variants, really. I think the Clubman is a clever concept and the Countryman is a nicely executed example of the brand's original values adapted to the current CUV-crazy days, though in a peculiar shape. I don't care if Mini gives us a Spaceman microminivan or a Rocketman microcar or even a funny cartoonish Countryman-based Truckman - as long as they remain UNIQUE, which should be Mini's current brand positioning. And that is why a five door Cooper dilutes the brand, while all other variants don't: because it takes Mini to the mainstream. It's just another city car, just another hatchback, and not a "giving up on Golf practicality for Cooper style" statement anymore. It's not inventive, it's not creative and it's got none of the brand's quirky soul.
        Snark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Felipe Politano
        I'm curious to know why you think the existing Clubman is not a travesty, but this is.
        Felipe Politano
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Felipe Politano
        If you don't care about "soul", there is your Mini.
        Felipe Politano
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Felipe Politano
        Besides, there is a five-door Cooper already: it's called the Lifan 320, it's chinese and costs half the original.
      Lunch
      • 2 Years Ago
      Enough already. How many ways can u cut up that mini? Don't forget a micro mini, mini mini, medium micro mini, maxi micro mini and mini XL. It's ridiculous. Why not use $ to improve your retarded interior ergonomics instead?
        untitledfolder
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lunch
        They are "improving" the ergonomics in the F56 next-gen, but keeping their base happy with some of the heritage cues i.e. toggle switches. The Mini brand in the 60's had many variants...
      Adam Ecker
      • 2 Years Ago
      normally i rebuff the "it's ruining the brand" comments which come with new variants but butchering the foundation the original mini like that i worry for minis future.
      Jonathan Ippolito
      • 2 Years Ago
      What's next a Mini pickup truck ? This is taking things too far now !
        Snark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Ippolito
        No, the MINI pickup truck already happened, in the '60s.
      quackmanquackman
      • 2 Years Ago
      What's next, a full-on giant Minivan?
      S40Powered
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just fascinating. What's next? A MINIvan?
      bk
      • 2 Years Ago
      They get uglier and uglier. Audi Q5 or countryman? same price in Canada but one is clearly inferior.
      vizcarmb
      • 2 Years Ago
      talk about bastardization
      canuckcharlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too many variants!
      ClementZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      A 5 door cooper? Wouldn't this make the Countryman, and Clubman useless? Meh, whatever BMW decides to do with the next gen Cooper, I just hope they keep the 3-door small, and not extend the wheelbase too much.
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