Mini is pretty ambitious about expanding its lineup. Besides the new 2011 Mini Countryman, the BMW Group brand has plans for a coupe and roadster model, both due next year. According to reports coming out of UK, Mini is also working on a coupe version of the Countryman to rival the new Range Rover Evoque.
The Mini Countryman coupe is concept is already on the drawing boards at the company’s design studio in Munich and is one of the new niche models being considered by executives.
Insiders say that the model is being studied due to the success that the BMW X6 had, showing that customers have a taste for coupe-like off-roaders. It can be said that Mini will develop a coupe model that will undercut the Evoque when it comes pricing while offering a similar and dramatic style.
Refresher: The base 2011 Mini Countryman is available in the U.S. with a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine making 120-hp and a maximum torque of 118 lb-ft. The Mini Cooper S Countryman model is powered by a 1.6L twin-scroll turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 180-hp and 177 lb-ft (192 lb-ft with Overboost) of torque. Both models come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. A 6-speed automatic is available as an option.
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– By: Omar Rana