Report: Mini Canyon, a coupe crossover based on the Countryman is in the works

2011 Mini Countryman

Before Mini ever decided to produce the four-door, four seater Mini Countryman, the BMW brand had plans to release a two-door crossover based on the Beachcomber concept. Well, it seems like plans for a two-door crossover are back in the pipeline and sources suggest that a model called the Canyon based on the Countryman will go into production and go head-to-head with the new Range Rover Evoque.

Mini feels the idea of a fun and fashionable crossover spun off the Countryman has a strong chance of success. The Canyon will focus most of its attention on performance rather than utility and will features a sport coupe-like roofline. The inside will get four John Cooper Works-inspired seats with leather upholstery and Alcantara trims.

It will ride on the ALL4 four-wheel-drive system from the Countryman as standard and will be powered by a 1.6L turbo making 208-hp. A 201-hp 2.0L diesel from the X1 is also expected to be offered.

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2011 Mini Countryman:

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoExpress