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MINI planning to enter the urban SUV segment

MINI planning to enter the urban SUV segment

Snapshot: MINI is planning to enter the urban SUV segment and has started working towards a new platform that would initiate the base for its new SUV, and also the third-generation MINI Countryman. MINI Countryman's size has grown considerably, making space for a new sub-compact SUV.

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MINI is planning to enter the urban SUV segment and has started working towards a new platform that would initiate the base for its new SUV, and also the third-generation MINI Countryman.  MINI Countryman's size has grown considerably, making space for a new sub-compact SUV.

"A small urban SUV is definitely a segment that is extremely interesting, but so far we haven’t made any decision on its direction.”  said Peter Schwarzenbauer, a member of the Board of Management of BMW AG Speaking to the British publication at the 2017 LA Auto Show.

 As per the report from Auto Express, MINI will launch a new urban SUV smaller than the Countryman. There is room for a new model measuring around 4 metres in length as the second-gen model is about 20 cm longer.

According to a source close to MINI, this model will have dimensions similar to the current MINI 5-door. The 5-door hatchback is 3,982 mm/4,005 mm long, 1,727 mm wide and 1,425 mm tall. The new MINI small SUV’s will have design elements inspired by the MINI Electric Concept that will develop into a series-production MINI EV in 2019.

SUV's are becoming the largest and fastest growing automotive segment, which has made MINI make changes to its model plan, i.e. sticking to five core models, but Auto Express is now reporting that it is considering a sixth mode - a new small SUV.

Launch time of the new MINI small SUV is uncertain at the moment, but it won’t arrive before 2021 assuming that it’s one of the next generation MINI models.

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