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Sketches Of The Upcoming MINI Crossman SUV

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MINI Crossman patent drawing [via PistonHeads]

MINI Crossman patent drawing [via PistonHeads]

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The folks at PistonHeads have dug up some interesting sketches of the upcoming MINI Crossman SUV, which we've previously seen in spy pics, and subsequently in concept form at the 2008 Paris auto show. On the stylistic front, there were some fairly significant differences between those two vehicles: the mule hewed close to the lean, mean MINI mold, while the concept veered into bulky, more muscled territory. The new sketches are technically patent drawings, which mean they likely predate both of the working vehicles. However, they do help show the model's evolution -- notably, changes in the roofline and profile, and the back-and-forth over the rear door.

Unfortunately, we don't expect to see the Crossman at NAIAS next week. However, there are some great MINI items in store. Check the video clip for MINI's official Detroit Auto Show teaser:

[PistonHeads, video via MotorAuthority]

 
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  1. Dude! Check again. That is a drawing of the original Mini Crossover concept (http://spbcar.ru/news/en/i/2009-07-16/mini_crossover_concept_580.jpg), right down to the single driver's side door, roof rails, front fender detail, and foglamps. The production Countryman--which Mini has said will be very, very similar to the Beachcomber--looks quite a bit different from the drawing.
     
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  2. Did you read the piece? I mentioned that those are the patent drawings for the Crossman (aka Countryman). I also pointed out that the vehicle has evolved from this point, via mules and concepts.
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