Contrary to popular belief, it seems that Mini's growth plans do have a limit both in size and number of models. During the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, it unveiled the six-door Clubman concept (pictured above) that was 4.4-inches longer and about two-inches wider than even the current Countryman crossover. Mini design chief Anders Warming says that this is the new size limit for its models, and the BMW subsidiary isn't building a larger, seven-passenger vehicle above the current Countryman.

"We won't build anything bigger than the Countryman, not at this moment. You should be able to park a Mini in a city, so a Countryman or this new Clubman is as big as it should be," said Warming to Auto Express in Geneva. Rumors going back to last November, pegged the Mini as developing an even larger vehicle to take on mainstream CUVs.

While Warming is ruling out a bigger Minis for now, a smaller one like the Rocketman concept still might be in the cards. He said that the project has been warmly received but still had to be investigated because "it's a numbers game." So if bigger Minis aren't coming, there still might be a slim chance for a smaller one.


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      Adrian Elliot
      • 9 Months Ago
      Duh.
      Willy
      • 9 Months Ago
      Perplexed why BMW didn't give the i3 hybrid to Mini brand? That would seem to fit well. But I reall see MINI just a design exercise; no substance at all. Instead going bigger or current small size but diminished any useful space, why not build something that use maximum space in a small package and ever more fuel efficient w lighter parts that just happened to be fun to drive? Checkout: Mercedes Benz bionic fish concept. Something towards that.
        MacProMan
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Willy
        MINI is here to stay, not a design exercise, that's an insult
      • 9 Months Ago
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        MacProMan
        • 9 Months Ago
        wrong, MINI stands for smaller than anything else in it's class, not just the small Hardtop, so many don't understand or want to realize this
      ChaosphereIX
      • 9 Months Ago
      Good. Not every manufacturer needs to cover every single niche in the market. This kind of diversification is getting out of hand and very far away from many brands' core ethos. A 4cyl diesel Porsche CUV? A diesel Bentley SUV? A MINI that isn't so mini at all? Stick to what you are good at and keep building it.
      Zerk
      • 9 Months Ago
      Startled fish.
      dukeisduke
      • 9 Months Ago
      Their 15 minutes are about up.
      pickles
      • 9 Months Ago
      There would be a second MINI in our garage if they would simply stop wasting development money on more niche models (MINI is already a niche brand. That box is checked) and create truely dependable, fun cars. Our MINI was a piece of crap from the runflats to the rattling sunroof and everything in between (besides the Chrysler engine, which alarmingly...was totally fine). Everything about the packaging fits us- but the joke would be on me to suffer another poorly built, poorly sourced MINI Cooper. Make a few models better than any other brand and the buyers would return. For us, till Consumer Reports and normal humans agree that they're reliable and dependable, I'm out. Big, small or othewise.
      Dump
      • 9 Months Ago
      Sounds like a really small move by MINI. Anything larger than the Countryman & that kinda puts them directly in competition with many of the smaller BMWs. I have really been impressed with the Countryman (Cooper S, All4, AT, Nav) so far. In the right color, it has the big-kid attitude while not being "too showy" - well b/c it is a smaller boutique SUV. But there's not too many around, so the average folk look anyway.
        Dump
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Dump
        And I do like the Clubman. The overall proportions are just right for a low 4-door hatch. Hopefully, a 20in wheel/tire package will be available.
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