For months we were led to believe that the first Sports Activity Vehicle from MINI will make its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Unfortunately, MINI decided to focus on the “twins”, MINI Coupe and Roadster.
Therefore, MINI Countryman test mules continue to be tested and today, we have some new photos from Nurburgring. Despite the same psychedelic camouflage, some design elements are being revealed. The less round headlights are different from what we’ve seen on the Concept revealed in Paris last year. Moving downward, the front bumper appears to have a wider separation between the top and bottom grille sections.
According to sources close to BMW, MINI Countryman/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. The R60 Countryman will be offered standard with a four seater configuration, but some markets will get the five seat option. It will be first production MINI to measure more than 4 meters in length. Expect its exterior dimensions to be similar to the concept measuring around 4,050mm (159.5-in.) in length, 1,830mm (72.0-in.) in width and 1,598mm (62.9-in.) in height.
Even though not confirmed by BMW AG, 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
While sales are expected to commence in late 2010, we believe the MINI Countryman will be unveiled at an American auto show early next year.