Rumor: MINI working on a minivan based on Countryman crossover

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

There's a rumor that the Mini will not get any bigger but rather, it will be roomier. This space concept is said to be slated to arrive within the next few years. It is notable that the Mini Countryman has cleared the path for the arrival of larger, more utilitarian versions of the standard coupe.

But now, Mini is considering a model that's more along the lines of a mini-minivan. For this space concept, sliding doors or swiveling seats are not involved.

It's likely that the model will ride on the same chassis as the Countryman, but push out all the interior dimensions to their limits. The expected result would be a vanlike silhouette and extra space for passengers and cargo.

According to a Mini executive, the Countryman chassis is flexible enough to add a few inches of wheelbase, indicating that the space concept could benefit from a slightly larger footprint.

It's not likely that a third row will be added but to make the space concept a bit more practical than the Countryman, it's possible that it will have extra cargo room and adjustable rear seats.

However, this bigger, boxier Mini won't be arriving in the near future. Right now, Mini is working on rolling out the Countryman, which will go on sale in the US early next year.

This will be followed by the two-seat Mini Coupe in mid-2011 and the Roadster in early 2012. From this lineup, the Mini space concept can't be expected until the spring of 2013 at the earliest. [via insideline]

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