We recently reported that the new family of Minis could balloon from eight models to ten or more, but it's not only the model line that's expected to grow: so too could the largest model itself. That, of course, would be the Countryman, which is already bigger than anything else ever to wear the Mini badge. But if you think the current Countryman is already big enough, the latest reports suggest that it could get even bigger. Apparently parent company BMW feels a larger Mini crossover would better compete with more mainstream models in the marketplace.

The Countryman, however, will only be one of the new variants to spin off of the new third-generation Mini. Expect the new Hardtop hatchback introduced in LA to be followed by a new Cabriolet, Roadster, and Paceman. A five-door version of the base hatchback will also join in addition to the new Clubman, which is tipped to get a split tailgate instead of the single hinged aperture on the current model. The jury's still out on the Mini Coupe, which has largely failed to impress, while a convertible crossover could be back in the mix along with the rumored plug-in hybrid version.


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      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should just call it MAXI.
        Leather Bear
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dukeisduke
        @ Duke: BMC/Leyland already did one. Back in the late '60s / early '70s when the Mini was basic British transportation (and not a boutique brand for upwardly mobile urbanites), there was a much larger Maxi hatchback available (also designed by Alec Issagonis) that followed the same basic design elements as the original Mini: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austin_Maxi
        Avinash Machado
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dukeisduke
        Agreed.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mini is getting too big.
      MacProMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      MINI is not just about being small but about a fun drive with great fuel economy and room for a few people and things. No harm in BMW expanding the size of the cars while retaining the MINI drive as well as expanding the lineup in my opinion (who knows, maybe a mini MINI is in the works like the Rocketman if it can be made safe unlike the Fiat 500 and Smart ForTwo). Everything changes folks, so get used to it. If you don't like it, don't buy it. Don't give me comparisons to Azteks, what a gross exageration. Most of the haters don't even know what they are talking about let alone have driven a MINI. I am clearly a fan and bought an 04 S Hardtop because nothing else out there drove as well or offered as many high end features (back then Xenon and HK audio, panorama roof etc.) Even EVO Magazine very recently put a MINI JCW GP up against ultra high performance cars like the Audi R8, Aston Martin, Porsche Cayman, MB SLS, etc in their Car of the Year Comparo because the car is built for fun and performance and no other fwd car can hang with the big boys like the MINI. Bottom line, the cars still drive very well and will be improving drastically over the coming years. The future looks very bright for MINI indeed.
        James John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MacProMan
        too bad their quality sucks so much.
          MacProMan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @James John
          hmm, speaking from personal experience? My MINI was solid and I was hard on it all the way till 90k miles when I passed it on
        William Flesher
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MacProMan
        Nice post. I've always appreciated MINI for breaking the mold of small cars being cheap and compromised in their driving dynamics and option availability. And I think many of us are sick and tired of lazy commentators comparing a car they don't find attractive to the Aztek. I disagree that the Rocketman concept has a future (BMW says it doesn't), and that the Fiat 500 and dreadful Smart ForTwo are unsafe (they are equally as safe as the current MINI hardtop, and far safer than larger cars from even 20 years ago). I LOVE diving the MINIs owned by several of my friends, but all of them report sub-standard reliability and dashboard coatings that scratch and wear prematurely. Perhaps some attention to quality and reliability would be the best investment in a bright future for MINI, as none of them have claimed that they wished their cars were bigger.
          MacProMan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @William Flesher
          glad there is another reasonable person out there that doesn\'t want MINI to just stick to one car and never change at all
      NeO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks retarded. The mini is supposed to be uhm..Mini???!? They keep making it look bigger and the driver looks like they are mini inside it, ridiculous. Defeats the whole purpose of the Mini. I feel sorry for the idiots who buy these, really really sorry.
      Marty
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks aside, when the hell will people realize that MINI's brand identity about being small is meant to be compared to comparable cars in its class, not within its own brand. The Countryman is larger than a standard Cooper, but it's still way smaller than cars it's directly competing against.
      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      I joked about a crew cab half ton pickup MINI, but now it's not really funny. It's just a matter of time.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      I used to want one of these, until I read an article about the "ugliest cars". My neighbor has one of these, so staring at one these on a daily basis has really changed my mind on the car. It looks like a toad.
      Rochester
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now that the Pontiac Aztec is no longer available, the Countryman has a clear advantage in that particular, um, market.
      AngeloD
      • 1 Year Ago
      They could maybe give some thought to working on improving the reliability of the entire Mini lineup as well.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      john m
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hate these big Mini's and Fiat 500's. I realize they are trying to expand their product lines but where does this end? I'm starting to think Terry is right with half ton crew cabs driving around.... That was pretty funny by the way Terry:)
      Peter Foglia
      • 1 Year Ago
      MINI's lost the scent. Now it's just a marketing gimmick. Too bad...
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