MINI Thinking Of New Models: Sedan, Sportscar and Crossover

From a brand that makes cars for quirky people, MINI is increasingly becoming a mainstream brand that makes a killing from people who want racing stripes and leather seats on everything.
MINI Traveller MPV mule 1 photo
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Right now, the company is most likely busy making the all important hatchback model (we don’t know what to call it any more). This will be built on the same platform as the BMW 1-Series GT, with a more normal interior and two small optional doors. This shows just how mainstream they’ve become in a way.

Speaking with Inside Line, MINI board member Harald Kreuger shed further light of the future lineup. One possible addition to the range is an entry-level car, however Kreuger said it won’t be the Rocketman. This has already been canceled due basically to only one reason – it wouldn’t make enough money.

Further down the line, MINI will also be making a sedan, a sportscar and a new crossover. Kreuger did not go into further detail. However, we at autoevolution think we can shed a bit of light on one of the projects.

The crossover in question is a sort of mini-MPV built on the same platform as the Countryman but offering a little more space and a longer boot. The picture above is just this car in prototype form. It’s been dubbed the Traveller MPV and it will be shown as a concept first under the name Spacebox.

The Traveller will have a wider body to make more room for the passengers. We can also expect a big overhang at the back for added luggage room and proper folding rear sits.

If MINI turns the Cooper hatchback into a sedan, this likely means BMW can make one too, and they most likely will, just not with front-wheel drive... we hope.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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