A report by Auto Express magazine brings back the rumor that originated here at BMWBLOG and Germancarforum: MINI is planning a new model dubbed Canyon. We’re still working the details on whether the information is simply a reiteration of our report or a confirmation from other sources, but in the mean time, Auto Express reports that a three-door model based on the Countryman is planed to go head-to-head with the Range Rover Evoque.
The original idea of a “Canyon” model appeared in 2005 when BMW was looking to expand the MINI family. The first model to emerge out of these plans was the Beachcomber concept unveiled at this year’s Detroit Auto Show.
Continuing down the Countryman family-tree, the Canyon shares the same platform but with a sloping roofline. Our report mentioned a seating configuration for four, while Auto Express mentions only a two-seat setup.
MINI Canyon is an idea that takes the formula used in the MINI Coupe, but translated into a small Activity MINI, utilizing 3 doors.
The magazine mentions that the Canyon could be powered by the 208 hp 1.6-litre turbo engine from the JCW car and a 201bhp 2.0-litre diesel from BMW’s X1 is also likely to be offered.
Since MINI’s Oxford factory will be running at full capacity once production of the Coupé and Roadster begins next year, the Canyon could be built at the Magna Steyr factory in Graz, Austria.
Launch date? A speculative 2012 date is being introduced.[Source: Auto Express ]