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TrevorsDen
Its nothing to do with the X1. Probably based around the next generation MINI chassis. I have a MINI and its great to drive, and own - good comfort too. Indeed both my wife and I like the Clubman as well, but the standard suits us. This is probably a MINI suitable for 4 people and one you could drive comfortably for serious distances. One of the problems with bonnet designs for all cars are the EU pedestrian crash regulations. I think the real talking point is the need for the 3rd window, brought about by extra length and the full rear doors - thats where it looks a bit awkward.
Jan 21, 2010 12:21 am
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streetz
Hey, check out the new, official Facebook page for the MINI Countryman! http://www.facebook.com/mini.countryman
Jan 20, 2010 8:34 pm
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joelynn
It works as part of the new MINI range but it isnt in keeping with the history at all... the beachcomber was at least like the classic Moke.
Jan 20, 2010 4:27 pm
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vilivo
EEEK!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 20, 2010 9:47 am
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nederina
rebadged X1? i don't think so. there's a lot of front overhang and the gap between the front wheel and the front door opener is pretty close.
Jan 20, 2010 1:55 am
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joshg_5
A rebadged X1. Does anyone else notice how poorly the design of the structure on the rear window on each side. This car has really been thrown together in a sad attempt for market share...
Jan 19, 2010 10:57 pm
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greg
Too bad that the X1 is about half a meter longer, and using another platform. I think it is ugly too, but well it is a "mini" SUV.
Jan 19, 2010 11:24 pm
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joshg_5
corrected. But you get my point...
Jan 20, 2010 6:48 am
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911fnatic
Good god thats hideous.
Jan 19, 2010 10:25 pm
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M!
NICE! it's better than i expected. for those who think the MINI name is slaughtered, etc etc, didn't the BMW's versions already done that? the size and weight of the BMW MINI are already not Mini standards. I am sure many MINI owners will be happy to move into this than an X1, Q3, MLK, or whatever SUV.
Jan 19, 2010 9:17 pm
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GRAVE
The rear looks ugly! How many models they will make form the MINI?
Jan 19, 2010 8:49 pm
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Mikeado
I'm stopping myself from flaming this car, simply because I've flamed BMW in every 'MINI' article recently. I'll just say that by selling this, the Mini name is officially slaughtered. This is a BMW X1 in drag. Bad drag.
Jan 19, 2010 8:00 pm
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nederina
The doors is not even frameless, the rear legroom and bootspace is still small. Low ground clearance. I can't believe that I am going to say this but I prefer the X1
Jan 19, 2010 7:29 pm
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nederina
Oh dear, what have they done to MINI? Aren't MINI supposed to rewrite the rulebook or revolutionize compact city cars or participates in Rallys? Finally I found an offroader that is uglier than the Cayenne.
Jan 19, 2010 7:21 pm
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radmeister
Could use some bigger wheels, i think that's why it looks weird. Those wheels are just too small on it. Some nice 18" wheels and lower it a bit and it would be sexy.
Jan 19, 2010 7:08 pm
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stillthewhizz
It looks more like a grown-up MINI rather than a MINI 4×4. It’s a lot better than I thought it was going to look and I actually quite like it. Could be my next car. Is it me or does the decal on the side say ‘MX4??
Jan 19, 2010 6:54 pm
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nickmini
This looks promising. Finally a SUV/SAV for grow-up Mini family :).
Jan 19, 2010 6:31 pm
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peterjames7
looks stupid, even more stupid than the clubman, looks really awkward, especially the small black wheels im not liking thedirection bmw are taking mini, they havent moved forward the design rover did over ten years ago forward and are now making awkward german bmw stylized designs
Jan 19, 2010 6:22 pm
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bmwaddict
I totally agree. But I see that this is the tendency for all car makers. Expand the range, X1, X3, X5, X6, etc. I really don't like this...
Jan 19, 2010 6:47 pm
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mcoopers81
How drastic do you want the MINI to be redesigned? For such an icon car, they can't do much. Another example is the Fiat and the VW Beetle. They change it drastically, it won't be what it's supposed to be. Cry me a river if you don't like the route BMW is going with their brands. It's all about evolution, and what market they want to reach. The purpose of making vehicles changed. So stop feeling nostalgic and move on...
Jan 19, 2010 9:38 pm
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greg
Rover???Sorry, but the design of the mini by BMW has nothing to do with Rover. This is the design suggested by Rover in 1997: http://imcdb.org/vehicle_56509-Rover-Mini-Spiritual-1997.html And I am quite happy this was refused by the BMW board.
Jan 19, 2010 11:22 pm
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peterjames7
greg, i know the mini spiritual concept and ur link doesnt work, the spiritual was one of three completely different looking designs displayed to gauge reaction for the right direction to take. i know alot of the mechanical work and exterior design development work had been done when bmw took over. bmw bought rover for range rover and mini they didnt want the main rover business thats why they got shot of it and took all the technology and brands they needed for bmw (the 4x4 tech for the x5,x6,x3 and there own saloon cars and very valuable brands like mini triumph etc). my point is why havent they moved to the very lucrative small city car market like the smart fortwo, iq,aston cygnet, not towards the mpv market. making a smaller fuel efficient car while still keeping its cool, and by the way that was actually wat the spiritual was all about they tried to give that concept the lowest co drag efficiency possble, best fuel economy etc well before the world went tits and everyone started makin small efficient cars
Jan 19, 2010 11:47 pm
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greg
Well first of all, remember the time, 1997, nobody really talked about fuel efficiency.Another point is, because of safety rules, it is nearly impossible to make a small car with same dimensions and same performances as the mini without making it bigger. I agree that a SUV may seem quite lost in the mini philosophy , even the one developped by BMW:small fashion and sporty car.But this is one of the smallest SUV on the market, and if it is sporty also, it may make sence.But I still think this is ugly
Jan 20, 2010 2:47 am
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peterjames7
firstly greg yeah i think this is ugly too as per my first comment, secondly do you live in the US? because here in europe we have always thought about fuel efficiency, thirdly i think your missing my point regarding the spiritual. yeah fuel economy was the last thing on most peoples mind including europeans as a main concern, but always something that guided our buying choice at the the time but true to the original mini's ideals autocar is quoted with this, "Back in 1997, BMW showed a pair of concept cars at the Geneva motor show developed by Rover several years earlier, and rejected by BMW in 1995 because they were “10 years ahead of their time”. They were called the Mini Spiritual concepts" yeah at the time no one else was thinking of fuel efficiency including bmw but the mini team were, as per the original designers of the mini. I must say the spiritual was similar in design externally and internally but arguably better looking than the smart that has sold well, and the original interior dash lay out from the spiritual has been developed and carried forward to the current MINI would you not agree? and would you not agree the design direction i have put forward would not be beneficial while also being brand true to mini and benefiting bmw?
Jan 20, 2010 4:47 am
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jon_leong
Oh my God...
Jan 19, 2010 6:22 pm
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Abdullah_88
They destroy history of MINI by these models.
Jan 19, 2010 6:22 pm
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sub39h
i agree, but they protect it's future. i'd argue that that's more important in some ways. i do hate the BMW MINI tho.
Jan 20, 2010 12:40 am
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ente
It is an awful Mini...
Jan 19, 2010 6:19 pm
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N20_Purge
Looks like an over inflated Clubman. But to be honest, I actually like the retro-ness of it. It is something original compared to its rivals, the Tiguan and the ASX are pretty much similar.
Jan 19, 2010 5:52 pm
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