BMW announces plans for new off-road Mini
BMW have recently revealed that their designers have created a new Mini four-door crossover, aptly named the Countryman.
This off-road Mini has been designed as part of BMW’s plans to implement front-wheel-drive technology in many of their newer vehicles.
As a result, the design is expected to appeal to drivers who like the style of the Mini but may prefer a vehicle with off-road, sporty capabilities.
Hans-Joachim Leonhardt, Mini product manager, said, “Our main aim is to unlock a wholly new target audience. Young families with kids, sporty youngsters, folks from modern milieus — everyone can now drive a Mini.”
BMW realised the potential of off-road vehicles when they launched the BMW X6, which became an instant success. The company took this as indication that the public were yearning for an ‘off-road coupé’ format in more of their vehicles.
To the delight of many drivers the new model will have a four-door layout, with rear doors on either side of the vehicle and no central pillar. This feature should be ideal for families that want to use the vehicles for more practical purposes, such as for shopping.
The four-door layout will also give drivers and passengers slightly more leg room as well as more headroom.
The Countryman coupé will also have sloping rooflines, narrower side windows and shorter rear overhang, all of which will make it a stunning and aesthetically designed model.
The car should therefore demonstrate that the Mini is still the innovative model that the British public have come to know and love.