MINI Canyon gunning for Range Rover

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  1. Nathan

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    Three-door Countryman due in 2012 and 4WD model will go head-to-head with Range Rover Evoque.

    For a brand with such compact origins, MINI sure has grand plans! Auto Express has uncovered details of what insiders have dubbed the Canyon, a striking three-door model based on the Countryman that’s set to go head-to-head with the Range Rover Evoque.

    The Canyon was first put forward in 2005 as one of several ideas for future MINI models. However, it was the Beachcomber concept – which recalled the original
    Mini Moke – that emerged as the front-runner for future production. It was turned into a concept and spawned the Countryman crossover.

    But strong public response to the concept persuaded bosses that the idea of a fun and fashionable crossover spun off the Countryman had a strong chance of success.

    The Canyon aims to realise MINI’s performance aspirations and is positioned above the Countryman on which it’s based, much like the forthcoming MINI Coupé is with the regular hatch. That car shares the same underpinnings as the Countryman, but with a dramatic roofline and two-seat interior.

    The Canyon is likely to use a shortened version of the Countryman’s chassis, giving it two doors and a striking exterior design which features a sporty coupé-like roofline.

    On the inside, four John Cooper Works-inspired seats upholstered in leather and Alcantara add to the upmarket feel. Under the skin, the Canyon will use the ALL4 four-wheel-drive system as standard, and be powered by the 208bhp 1.6-litre turbo engine from the JCW car. A 201bhp 2.0-litre diesel from BMW’s
    X1 is also likely to be offered.

    By expanding its all-road range, MINI is paving the way to an increasingly likely entry into the World Rally Championship. The series switches to 1.6-litre turbo engines next year, making the Canyon a prime candidate to be turned into a rally car with specialist Prodrive the favourite to run the project.

    MINI’s Oxford factory will be running at full capacity once production of the Coupé and Roadster begins next year. So the Canyon would join the Countryman in being built at the Magna Steyr factory in Graz, Austria, but a production car is unlikely until 2012.

    The Canyon would also spawn a car inspired by the Beachcomber to launch a year later, with a stripped-out interior and removable roof panels.

    Read more: MINI Canyon gunning for Range Rover | Auto Express News | News | Auto Express
     
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    I can see

    a larger 4 seater with two doors using chassis sharing, but a larger 2 seater 2 door? WFT are they smoking?

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    One does have to consider the source. Auto Express News is the National Enquirer / Weekly World News of the automotive realm.
     
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    Everybody and their brother are still trying to squeeze into the shrinking SUV market. To say that MINI is targeting R.R. is optimistic: Range Rover's quality and reliability are quite abysmal, so it would seem like low-hanging friut, but they also would be competing with several very good Japanese models. Mini should stay focused upon (or return to) their core competency: small, fun, stylish, efficient cars.
     
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    AMEN bro!

    Even the clubbie is pushing it for me. And the Countryman is an abomination IMHO.
     
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    Is that "dramatic" roofline set to become their trademark, much like Audi's awful shield grill?

    Cause it's bloody horrible.....looks like a god awful toupee' to me......

    And it's not even original - it's a straight copy of the Toyota FJ, which actually did it better IMHO.....
     
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    #7 Dr Obnxs, Jul 20, 2010
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    Mini is on crack ....

    I did some reading on the Land Rover Evoke. It's based on a small (for LR) CUV concept. LR is doing both a three and five door variants. This makes sense for LR because they have to go smaller for lots of reasons. But from what little is out there it looks like to Evoke is a four seat two door. A two door two seat is just market suicide. But then, if it did have four seats, what would it do to both Clubbie and Countryman sales? I sure hope it's BS cause if it's not, I don't see how Mini will make any return on investment.

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    I still can't get over them comming out with that silly thing with no doors. Aimed at what...... Surfer dudes? Don't they know surfer dudes don't have any money?
     
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    dunno about that. go up Pupukea Rd on the North Shore and see how many surfer dudes have no money.
     

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