MINI’s upcoming crossover has been rumored for quite some time and now thanks to the folks at Carscoop we have these spy photos off the small SUV out testing. Maybe we’re Doubting Thomases for not having fully believed MINI would build such a vehicle, or maybe we just didn’t want to believe it. Still, if anyone can make a crossover handle well and be fun to drive, it’s the folks at MINI.
Unofficially dubbed the Crossman, the MINI crossover is larger than the Clubman and if the concept vehicle first shown at the Paris Auto Show is any clue, it will measure 159.5-inches in length, be 72-inches wide and 62.9-inches high. Comparatively, a standard MINI Cooper measures 143.9- x 66.5- x 56.2-inches.
CarScoop is reporting that the Crossman’s architecture is loosely based on that of the upcoming BMW X1 – which has been reported to be 3-Series chassis. This would allow the crossover to have all-wheel drive – likely a version of BMW xDrive.
The Crossman will be manufactured outside the U.K. in Magna Steyr’s Austria facility and is expected to arrive in 2010 as a 2011 model.
GALLERY: 2011 MINI Crossover