2008 Paris Auto Show hosted the launch of the first Crossover vehicle from MINI. Since then, MINI has been testing several prototypes, but the information were very sketchy about this new invention coming out of the BMW AG gates.
In a recent interview for Edmunds, Wolfgang Armbrecht, MINI brand executive, revealed more details about the Crossover, known by its internal codename as “Project Colorado”. It will be the first MINI manufactured outside the U.K and it is built by Magna Steyer, an Austrian company.
MINI Crossover will be available in two versions: the regular front-wheel-drive and a higher-end all-wheel drive model using the xDrive train from BMW. It can hold up to four passengers and it will be longer than any existing MINI, 13 ft long (4 meters).
Even though no official information were released regarding the engine, it is fair to assume that some of the engines found in the Cooper and Clubman models will make their way into the new Crossover, starting with the four-cylinder 1.6 liter gasoline engine (120horsepower) and the latest 1.6 liter turbocharged engine built by BMW.
With the Crossover, MINI plans to expand their customer base to include a younger demographic who are looking for a bit more “manly” vehicle contrasting with the current MINI line-up.