The Mini Crossover which will most likely be called Crossman was seen on a winter test run. It is evident that designers of the mini ‘ute are still working on a lot of aspects of the car after unveiling the concept in the Paris Motor Show last 2008.
The car manufacturer claims to be built on a unique platform but it still looks like the other family members of the range. The structure of the Crossman was designed to make the ride height higher and accommodate the all-wheel drive set up of the Crossman. The body of the Crossman will get its traits from the BMW X1 but the models will not look similar.
The Crossman will have a ride height which is 3 inches higher than the Cooper. The car is over 4 meters. The wheelbase for the Crossman is 102.6 inches and is 72 inches wide making it larger than any MINI release. The power plant of the car will have the same configuration like the Cooper or Cooper S.
The MINI had a sliding door on the driver’s side and two regular doors on the passenger side. The Crossman spied this time had doors on both side unlike the Clubman which during concept stage featured one door on the right and two on the left. Car enthusiasts are expecting two doors on each side but until the design is final, anything is possible.
The Crossman will be assembled by Magna Steyr of Austria. The US market will see both models in their showrooms. It is not clear yet if the diesel versions will touchdown across the Atlantic.
The Crossman will make it to the Frankfurt Motor Show in September and the market price after is expected to be printed at $29000.