Mini Countryman crossover launch delayed until March 2010, All4 badging for AWD models

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Last we heard anything about the Mini Countryman it was reported that the crossover would debut at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. It was originally supposed to debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. Well, according to MotoringFile, the Countryman launch has once again been delayed to the 2010 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Sources say that we’ll get to see the official specs and photos in a couple of months before the final reveal.

So what’s the reason for the delay? Well the folks at BMW are more concerned with the already established X3 crossover. Instead of putting too much effort on the Mini Countryman, the BMW team is tying up loose ends from moving X3 production from Austria to the United States.

Nonetheless, Magna Steyr is still hiring new employees to help with production of the Countryman.

MotoringFile says that the Mini will badge its all-wheel-drive Countryman models with “All4” – as compared to BMW’s xDrive and Audi’s Quattro badging.

– By: Kap Shah

Source: MotoringFile