BMW”s CEO, Norbert Reithofer, has already confirmed the production of a MINI SUV (SAV in BMW’s world). What we know so far about the MINI SUV is that BMW will be outsourcing production of the vehicles to Magna International and that it is expected to hit roads in late 2010.
New information dug up by the folks at MotoringFile reveals that the MINI SUV will have an optional “Smart” AWD system that is designed for efficiency and improved traction. Not focusing mainly on off-roading capabilities the MINI Colorado will not embody the qualities that of the traditional SUV. Instead, MINI hopes to target more of the crossover segment with a special focus on the U.S. market where crossover sales have been pretty strong.
The MINI Colorado is expected to be inspired by MINI’s traditional rally cars of the past combined with a more aggressive attitude.
According to a recent report by Automotive News, production is expected to begin in the second half of 2010 with 80,000 units planned annually.
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