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Old 10-11-2007, 08:14 AM
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Searched but couldn't find thread! If there is a thread already then my humblist apologies!

Here's some info and renderings of a Mini SUV courtesey of Auto Express
http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/n....html

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Old 10-11-2007, 08:35 AM
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MINI SUV... oh, the irony!

For once I can actually see the excuse to call it a "sports activity vehicle" rather than SUV.

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Well, if it's mini (the size), I have nothing against it. Otherwise BMW could end up doing the same mistakes like Smart.
Stylingwise, this CGI works well for me, since the MINI One already has some design elements close to SUVs (large grille, rugged plastic fenders).
With the X1 (that has just been greenlighted), BMW also has a suitable platform ready.

BUT: if they're going to build it, it will be fairly expensive. Just look at the Clubman's prize. A MINI SUV would be even more upmarket. This could be too much for such a small car. And: How big is the niche of tiny premium cars in reality?

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Old 11-05-2007, 08:32 AM
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Autoexpress has pics of a mule...http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/sp...3/mini_clubman
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Heres a MINI bosses would rather you didn't see!

As our pictures show, the car  to be called Monte  has a raised ride height and wider track. Although the standard front-wheel-drive layout is retained, toughened suspension components mean that light off-roading will be possible.

Also evident is the stretched wheelbase, which ensures greater stability and more room for passengers in the rear. However, they are still likely to access the back seat through the reverse-opening Clubdoor. Under the bonnet will be a range of 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines. There is also the possibility of a new 1.4-litre entry-level oil-burner. These powerplants will be mated to either manual or automatic gearboxes, both with six ratios.


Bosses at MINI will be keen to stress this is an environmentally-friendly SUV. As with other vehicles from parent firm BMW, it will benefit from Efficient Dynamics technology. This means a stop-start system to reduce emissions and fuel use, regenerative braking and energy efficient engine components.

Prices for the Monte are expected to be around 2,000 higher than for the equivalent Clubman version, and the first examples should arrive in showrooms here in 2009.

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If they are serious about a Mini SUV--one has to wonder how far they will get with the Monte name in NA--they need to extend the wheelbase just enough to have 4 proper doors or at minimum install suicide doors on both sides. A bit more rear overhang would improve cargo space. Perhaps a better name would be Traveller.
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MINI is considering building its upcoming SUV — dubbed the Monte — at BMW's Spartanburg, North Caro****lina plant, a new report finds. BMW's Spartanburg plant currently produces the majority of the German automaker's SUVs, so the move would seem to make sense. MINI's Oxford, England plant is currently running at full capacity and likely wouldn't have the production space necessary for the Monte.

The Monte will be powered by two 1.6L gasoline engines — including the 175 horsepower turbo four from the Cooper S — as well as an optional diesel range that could include a new 1.4L unit.

Prices for the new Monte are expected to range from £16,500 to £20,000. Production has been confirmed for late 2008

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I wonder if they will (1) try to use the Monte name in NA and (2) if they do will Chevrolet sue?
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Autocar has a new rendering and info...

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http://www.autocar.co.uk/contentImag...5551033271.jpg

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The forthcoming Mini 4x4, or Mini SAV (Sport Activity Vehicle, according to BMW), will be built not in the USA but in Austria, by development, engineering and production specialists Magna Steyr.

The BMW Group made the announcement this morning, to quieten rumours that it would outsource production of the compact 4x4 to the USA, which is likely to be the cars biggest market.

The cooperation with Magna Steyr is an efficient way for The BMW Group to ensure the planned profitable growth through new model launches set out in the companys strategic alignment, read the firm's statement. It will allow the lead plant for Mini production in Oxford to fully direct its midterm capacity of 260,000 units towards meeting demand for Mini, Mini Convertible and Mini Clubman.

This solution will also allow us to bring the Mini SAV to the market as quickly as possible, the statement explained. The BMW Group has previously stated that its working towards a launch date for the Mini SAV sometime in 2009.

Magna Steyr already builds the X3 soft-roader for BMW. It remains to be seen whether it will also score the contract for development and production of BMW's X1 small 4x4. The 1-series range is produced out of two of BMWs factories, in Regensburg and Leipzig, Germany, and its understood that, between the two, the total production demand for 1-series and X1 could be met.

The Mini SAV will become the first of BMW's new breed of Minis to be built anywhere but Plant Oxford, the production site formerly owned by Rover, and original home of the Rover 75.

The design of the new Mini 4x4, and the development of its powertrain, will remain completely in BMW's control.
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Yet more info on the Mini SUV from AutoExpress. There's also a pic of a mule.

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/au...4686/mini.html

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Check out the best spy shots of the year so far – the MINI SUV has finally been snapped up close.

Our spies could barely believe their luck when they managed to seek out this prototype testing in Europe. While the bodywork appears to be near-identical to a standard Clubman, there are several visual clues to this being the new rough-road MINI.

The most obvious change is the increase in ride height. This will give the MINI greater ground clearance and extra visual muscle. The large wheels sit wider in the arches than standard rims, while the wheelbase is also a little longer.

Take a look underneath the rear of the car and the purpose of this MINI becomes perfectly clear. A rear differential is visible between the wheels, proving that this model is all-wheel drive. It won’t be a true mud-plugger, but it will aim to steal sales away from Land Rover’s larger Freelander.

Expected to be revealed later this year, the rough-road MINI has been confirmed for production but bosses are yet to confirm a name. Both Crossman and Monte are said to be in the running, with prices likely to start at around 20,000.
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An interesting one this...

Sure, the ride-height is increased, but the pics shot at head-height still show that we're looking down on the car, so it won't be able to boast much about a "commanding driving position" and all that other stuff that helps the school-run brigade feel safe.

I also can't tell if they've done enough to the wheelbase to sort out the door situation and boost the rear legroom. It'll really struggle to "steal sales away from Land Rover's larger Freelander" with 2.5 doors!

Of course, it is a MINI though, so it'll sell in the millions whatever!
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