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.
2011 Mini Countryman:
– By: Omar Rana