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MINI considering 2-door off-road coupe SUV

 MINI considering 2-door off-road coupe SUV
Mini SUV Coupe Concept artists rendering

Land Rover has jumped ahead of it's SUV rivals with the impending introduction of the 2-door Evoque. Now BMW are ready to offer their own version with the introduction of a coupe based on the recently launched Countryman.

Not yet confirmed by the bigwigs at BMW, the MINI Countryman Coupe would go for a conventional 2-door layout or possibly four-door incorporating a set of rearward opening doors.

The new model will be targeting a retail price of about £20,000, putting it well below the Evoque which is expected to cost another €10,000 on top of this figure.

Another model currently on the table is the Minissimo – an entry-level city car with a 2+1 layout.

Source: autocar

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GTurbo
Porsche does it for fun so, why not BMW for MINI? Besides, the Countryman is gonna be a sure-fire hit like forthcoming coupe and roadster!
Sep 24, 2010 10:56 pm
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Mister Stig
MINI is an acronym! Must Introduce Niche Infill's
Sep 13, 2010 7:02 am
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alessandro
A macho-mini. Kool.
Sep 7, 2010 2:28 pm
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Mister Stig
Thats not Mini, its MINI. Mini is the orginal, MINI is the BMW.... please learn the difference!
Sep 3, 2010 7:50 am
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Mikeado
There is barely a difference. One is just more stupid than the other. Besides, BMW had no reason to capitalise it. MINI isn't an acronym.
Sep 4, 2010 12:55 pm
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DUCATI46
awhk.... time to unveil the Mini 18 wheeler, garbage truck, and school bus! Very good!! too many mini models... none of which are small or affordable... exactly the opposite of the concept of the original and the only mini.
Sep 3, 2010 6:29 am
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599FXX
Great, more cock-mobiles.
Sep 2, 2010 6:50 pm
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M!
they had been toying around the Beachcomber concept from the Mini Moke. I don't see why not.
Sep 2, 2010 6:34 pm
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wjaprep
2 door... Mini... suv? *head explodes*
Sep 2, 2010 4:54 pm
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skeletor86
Funny how none of you remember that new generation of MINI is just getting started, when you look at the Mini brand of years past, they had the coupe, the pickup truck, the panel van, the mooke... I myself would love to see a 2 door Crossover. Shame shame on not knowing the history...
Sep 2, 2010 3:31 pm
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Bristol411S3
All based on the original Issigonis model which was no bigger than it needed to be and, arguably, gave us the supermini sector that dominates the European car industry. The current MINI didn't deserve comparison from the very first models in 2002. As we read about SUVs it drifts even further away from the original, in terms of meeting a brief of purity and in setting the agenda as opposed to following it.
Sep 2, 2010 5:05 pm
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Mikeado
The thing is that the Mini became many different things - a rally car, an off-roader (Moke), cheap basic transport for the masses, a utility vehicle (van, pickup), a movie star, a style icon, and so on - and BMW are focused on the wrong things. Is theirs a cheap, basic, utilitarian vehicle for the masses? No. Not by a long shot. Is it a fashion item that has appeared in movies? Yes. That's clearly the Mini they're interested in. Besides, when was there ever a 2dr SUV or a Coupé version of the original (the Moke doesn't count, because that had no doors)? They're just making what they can get away with selling, which, with a badge combo like that, equates to just about anything. It may resemble a Mini, but if cars could talk, the Issigonis original would say "You're no son of mine. And stop humping that BMW X6. You'll end up with all kinds of niche-car rubbish if you keep doing that...".
Sep 2, 2010 10:03 pm
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jerry05cod4
Mini ain't so mini no more! :(
Sep 2, 2010 2:40 pm
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Bristol411S3
Agree with everyone who has posted so far. I'd much rather see a real proper small Mini in the same vein as the Spiritual concept of many years ago than a 2 door off roader. Suzuki X90 anyone?
Sep 2, 2010 2:36 pm
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mpower333
WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THESE COMPANIES? Marketing nerds who will push anything and everything to get ahead is my guess. I could only imagine how good the industry would be if people who actually liked cars were in charge!
Sep 2, 2010 1:38 pm
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rnsaza
Who? At BMW I think it is a bunch of people who know what their customers want! BMW seems rather good at making money. Even during the economic down turn the world has been thru and is still going thru in many places BMW, VW group and a few others are facing the challenge rather than running from it with tails between legs. "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"
Sep 2, 2010 5:14 pm
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TZARHINO
Oh boy, here we go... Isn't the NAME MINI don't mean anything? BMW, have you read the dictionary? n., pl., min·i. -Something that is distinctively smaller than other members of its type or class. -A miniskirt. If your not planing in getting into fashion design with a briton-bavarian miniskirt for the pretty lady, STICK TO THE DEFINITION! The only thing that make sense is the Minissimo, due that it is more in line with the REAL definition of MINI. (definition thanks to http://www.answers.com/topic/mini)
Sep 2, 2010 1:29 pm
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jerry05cod4
hahahaha u took the time to cite the source!!
Sep 2, 2010 2:40 pm
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Mikeado
They're only considering it? Well I hope one of the decision-makers reads WCF, so that it means something when I say DON'T DO IT BMW!! I can't even bring myself to call you Mini anymore! You're just a sub-division of BMW that makes expensive, stylish cars. I know you enjoy playing silly buggers with niche cars BMW, but stop tarnishing a beloved British name already!
Sep 2, 2010 12:51 pm
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awhk
er.... time to unveil the Mini 18 wheeler, garbage truck, and school bus!
Sep 2, 2010 12:32 pm
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Mikeado
Don't forget the 6-wheeled premium executive City-SUV with an AWD 250bhp Cooper S Works Cabriolet version. It'll be called the Mini Madman.
Sep 2, 2010 12:55 pm
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zeitgeist_md
They are jeopardizing the Mini brand, making it undistinguishable.
Sep 2, 2010 12:23 pm
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1nsider
An enthusiast always hates change. Economic realities and the hunger for change by the buying public make these companies develop different variants. If the manufacturers had a long line of customers satisfied with the original, they would stay the course. Think of all of the trends in the industry in the last cuple of decades...wagons were replaced by minivans, relaced by SUV's, then Cuv's, then hybrids...who knows what'll be next.
Sep 2, 2010 1:26 pm
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Antichrist
Ah, I can see the glare of money in their eyes by offering this useless bullshit to the fanatic Mini fans. What's the point in this? I understand buying a Ferrari or a Aston Martin (pointless cars but still worth having) but not this, this isn't even worth it. Hate replies are imminent.
Sep 2, 2010 11:45 am
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