These Mini Paceman drawings have been leaked by the Carscoop website, and so we get our first look of the three-door Mini crossover model to be based on the Countryman. We’ve already said how we thought that the Paceman, looking like the Range Rover Evoque coupe, should perhaps have been the original Countryman - mixing Mini’s go-kart, coupé style with a crossover make, rather than the cartoonish compact SUV the Countryman turned out to be.
In any case, the Paceman should provide another nice entry to the Mini’s expanding range, and should prove to keep the Countryman space in a rakish style. It will be 4.1 m long and 1.54 m tall, and should lose its muscular look when the 19-inch wheels get replaced with something more demure.
The Mini Paceman should have the same engine line-up as the Countryman with 1.6-litre petrol and diesel units and the new two-litre diesel. The John Cooper Works Paceman will get Mini’s ALL4 four-wheel drive system.
Mini could be set to enter the WRC in a partnership with Prodrive which could be announced this week. The rumours state that the new Mini rally car will be based on the recently released Countryman crossover and will be prepared at Prodrive’s Banbury base. While yesterday we questioned just where Mini was going with its brand image and models like the Countryman and slated three-door Canyon model, but all of a sudden the Mini crossover just got more interesting.
According to the rumour, the new rally entrant won’t be ready before the first four rounds of the 2011 World Rally Championship, but that it would enter in May at the Rally Italy. Prodrive hasn’t released any statements, previously denying partnership with Mini but revealing that it would re-enter the WRC from next season.
Source | Autocar
The 2010 Geneva Motor Show afforded us our first glimpse of the Mini Countryman live, and we’re a little nonplussed about this new Mini crossover and the departure from the core of the Mini brand. The Mini Countryman is a five-door Mini with the possibility of ALL4 all-wheel-drive and a differential with DSC which manage the torque distribution of the vehicle. We don’t have a problem with any of this technology per se, we just don’t really understand its inclusion on a Mini. We guess the only explanation lies in the pressure to frequently create something new for the Mini image, not to mention jumping on the SUV band wagon.
The Mini Countryman appeared with the new Mini One petrol engine line-up, and the Mini One cabrio model. The Countryman is available in the following engine options: One 98 hp, Cooper 122 hp, Cooper S 184 hp, One D 90 hp, and Cooper D 110 hp. The ALL4 option is available only with the Cooper S and Cooper D. After the jump is the first Mini Countryman video, where the philosophy behind the model begins to make more sense. Only time will tell whether that translates into sales or not.
After the leaked pics of the new Mini crossover vehicle, the Mini Countryman, appeared on the internet, the company has moved fast to present the rest of the details and some more pics ahead of the 2010 Geneva Motor Show launch date. The Countryman is seen as an important model for the brand, bridging the gap between the classic retro appeal of the Mini and the current trend of SAV and SUV vehicles.
We can see the company was not yet ready to release details, with some confusion over the technical specs that will be available in Europe or the US. The press release after the jump is from the US, and so the technical specs are provisional, as the car will debut on that market a full year after its European appearance.
From what we can understand though, the Mini Countryman in Europe will be available with a range of five engines, in the different kits on offer. The Countryman One is equipped with a 1.6-litre aspirated engine with 98 hp, the Cooper will have the same engine but 24 hp more, while the Cooper S will have the 1.6-litre Twin-Scroll single turbine engine with Valvetronic technology and 184 hp. The diesels on offer include the One D with a 1.6-litre engine and 98 hp, and the Cooper D with 112 hp.
Official leaked pics of the Mini Countryman have appeared, only one day after a teaser video of the Mini crossover vehicle. The version of the Mini Countryman seen in these pics is an all-wheel-drive Cooper S, with a new grille and front bumper. It’s similar to the Mini Beachcomber concept seen at the 2010 Detroit auto show, although appears to be slightly more compact, and with a hatch shape closer to the Mini Cooper.
This particular colour is Pepper White, contrasted with a black roof and blacked out wheels. The mini Countryman keeps the dual exhaust pipes, and has an interior design in classic Mini style, incorporating a speedometer in a centrally mounted position in the dash. It has black seats and white overhead, although the turquoise coloured door and centre trim is a bit bizarre.
The Mini Countryman won’t officially debut until the 2010 Geneva Motor Show in March, and will be available on the market by the end of the year. It will cost about 25,000 euros, while you can expect to pay about 4,000 euros more for the Cooper S version. Expect to see more details soon, after these leaked pics, and check out the psychedelic teaser video after the jump.
According to reports the Mini Countryman, also known as the Mini Crossover, could debut at the Detroit motor show in January 2010. The new model’s presentation has been postponed more than once, most recently at the Frankfurt motor show where the company concentrated on the Mini Coupe and Mini Roadster concepts.
The crossover is code-named R60 and should be marketed under the “Countryman” moniker. It will have all-wheel drive and a bodywork derived from the Clubman model. The project is under the management of Steyr in its Austrian facilities, although indications from BMW are that collaboration between the two companies might cease due to the Magna-Opel acquisition.
Source | Motoringfile
These spy shots show the Mini Countryman undergoing further testing, as the Mini Crossover pursues its ambitions to enter production. It’s a precarious situation as the model doesn’t seem to have the backing of the company itself.
Its presentation was postponed and the Mini crossover made no appearance at the Frankfurt motor show; and there have been murmurings that perhaps its production was being reconsidered.
However, the Mini Maxi is seen here and after the hype of the Mini Coupe Concept and Mini Roadster Concept, it’s difficult to say what the future holds for the Mini Countryman. It seems that given the money already invested, the Countryman gets the green light by default. We could see it at the 2010 Geneva motor show, but then again, who knows?
Source | Autoblog.it
From 2010, Mini will have its own Crossover version and from 2012, that crossover will in turn have its own John Cooper Works version. So in a leap of imagination, Autocar has produced this rendering of a John Cooper Works crossover, that will be equipped with the current turbo engine with a few extra horse power and one aim: to challenge the Golf GTI.
The challenge could also see a low blow from BMW in the form of an all wheel drive version, in addition to reports that a range of three different crossover models is being developed.
Source | Autocar
My first reaction was “oh my God!” on seeing this spy shot of the Mini Crossover, which looks like one of those magic eye puzzles from the 90’s. This Mini Crossover is doing testing rounds of the Nurburgring, with an all-wheel drive system.
The engine range will include current options, along with additional units developed with Peugeot, and also a set of BMW diesel units with higher performance for the John Cooper Works versions.
Source | Motorauthority
While purists are probably aghast at the idea of a Mini SUV in itself, it appears that this model could receive John Cooper Works version as well, after Mini declared that a JCW version will be available for every model in the range.
The Mini SUV will be launched next year, with a John Cooper Works version possibly in the offing sometime at the end of 2010, or early 2011. The Mini SUV is currently known as Cross, and the version will likely look a lot like the Crossman concept seen at last year’s Paris show, less some of the more extravagant features.
Source | Autocar