MINI’s Future: Clubman on the way, SUV still in development phase

MINI has done surprsingly well with its retro-styled Cooper cars since it launced in the U.S. in 2002. According to MINI, sales are expected to grow from about 39,000 last year to 56,000 by 2009.

While most of those numbers are expected to come from the Clubman, MINI is planning a fourth variant for 2011, as well as a MINI SUV known as MINI Colorado.

Click through for MINI’s future lineup.

Cooper: The second-generation Cooper and Cooper S were just re-engineered and restyled this year. The convertible variant will make its debut in 2009. No major changed are expected until 2012 or 2013.

Clubman: The MINI Cooper Clubman will be aimed at customers that are looking for a little more space than just someone in the passenger seat. The MINI Clubman is 9.5 inches longer than the three-door Cooper and offers four doors with a rear-hinged suicide door. Sales will begin in the first quarter of 2008 with pricing expected to start at $20,650.

New model: After MINI offers a convertible and small wagon version of the Clubman a new model is said to be in the works that will launch in 2011.

“They seem pretty serious about it,” a dealer told Automotive News. “The franchise has to have legs and become much higher volume.”

Colorado: MINI is also said to be working on an SUV that will see a production of 65,000 units annually at Magna”s plant in Graz, Austria.


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