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Seemingly a rolling contradiction in terms, the upcoming MINI SUV model, previously (but probably not officially) known as the Crossman, has been seen out in the wild again. Like before, the little SUV wears very little clothing, leaving almost all of its altered-bits out in the open. After looking at the previous set of spy shots and the newest one here, we just can't see the not-a-Crossman doing any off-roading. Soft-roading... maybe, but we honestly think this is a vehicle that will never see

Contrary to reports last week that the new MINI Monte 4X4 would be built at BMW's Spartanburg, NC assembly plant, it now looks like it will stay in Europe. A BMW spokesman has told Automotive News that the contract has gone to Magna-Steyr, confirming a report in the main Frankfurt newspaper. The new MINI will take the place of the X3 at Magna's plant in Graz, Austria. X3 production is moving from Graz to the Spartanburg plant.