A wide track, raised suspensions, larger wheels - mandatory on such a car - big tires, all-wheel drive system and increased height, are all part of the MINI SUV. The car will be globally marketed as Crossman, despite some very early rumors hinting that MINI is also considering the "Colorado" nameplate.
There's no word on the future engine options but a bunch of rumors claim the future MINI is likely to get the same units as the Cooper and Cooper S: a 1.6-liter L4 configuration that develops 175 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 177 lb-ft of torque at 1600 rpm. Although the SUV will have different dimensions - which obviously means different performance figures - this particular unit helps the Cooper S jump from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds, with maximum speed reaching 139.8 mph (225 km/h).
A different turbocharged unit developing 171 horsepower might also joined the range but, once again, there's nothing official at this point.
The four-door vehicle is expected to make its first public appearance this September at the Frankfurt Auto Show, with sales to begin in early 2010. More details are likely to be released this summer, before the start of the show.