Spy shots

Mini Crossman

Production-ready Mini Crossman spotted

The latest new-age Mini has been out testing again, and it’s nearly ready. The Crossman SUV is starting to feel like one of the most spied cars of recent times, with many a prototype snapped in the last couple of years.

While it wears a pretty heavy disguise, it’s possible to spot changes from the wilder Crossover Concept seen at the Paris motor show. The mad back doors have been lost, for one, with the car becoming a slightly more humble five door.

The rear is set to be a hatchback, too, with the slightly unloved rear doors from the Clubman denied an appearance on the Crossman. That’s despite appearances – look very closely at the rear shots and it’s possible to tell the door handles are fake and the black line down the middle of the screen is just tape.

The car will be built at Magna Steyr in Austria, making it the first non-UK built Mini. It’ll be all-wheel drive and is likely to come in the usual Cooper and Cooper S specs, with 118bhp 1.6 and 172bhp 1.6 turbo engines respectively. The 108bhp 1.6 diesel from the hatch is likely to be a strong seller in AWD guise too. Despite the Clubman appearing in John Cooper Works spec, it’s unlikely the Crossman will.

The production car should be on sale by 2010, with the production version possibly making an appearance at the Frankfurt motor show this September. Keep your eyes on evo.co.uk for the latest.

Recommended

Mini range updated for 2021 – supermini sharpens up to rival A1 and new 500e
Mini Cooper S 2021 - front quarter
MINI

Mini range updated for 2021 – supermini sharpens up to rival A1 and new 500e

The Mini hatch range, including the Cooper S and Mini Electric all gain new style and tech features
26 Jan 2021
Mini Cooper S review
MINI

Mini Cooper S review

Mini’s middle-ground hot hatch is fun, but keen drivers will get more from a Ford Fiesta ST
10 Dec 2020
Manhart GP3 F350 takes 2020 Mini JCW GP to 345bhp
MINI

Manhart GP3 F350 takes 2020 Mini JCW GP to 345bhp

The new Mini JCW GP hasn’t been with us for long, but Manhart has already worked its magic
22 Jul 2020
Mini JCW GP 2020 review - Mini sharpens up ready to rival GR Yaris
MINI

Mini JCW GP 2020 review - Mini sharpens up ready to rival GR Yaris

In great weather and on perfectly smooth roads the Works GP could be great, but it struggles where our favourite hatches shine brightest
27 Jun 2020

Most Popular

2022 Land Rover Defender V8 revealed – £100k supercharged off-roader gets 518bhp
Land Rover Defender V8 MY22 - header
Land Rover Defender

2022 Land Rover Defender V8 revealed – £100k supercharged off-roader gets 518bhp

The Land Rover Defender range continues to expand with its most powerful iteration yet
25 Feb 2021
Will synthetic fuel save the performance car? The manufacturers weigh in
R8 Filler cap
Porsche

Will synthetic fuel save the performance car? The manufacturers weigh in

Porsche claims a car running on eFuel will have the same CO2 footprint as an EV, and BMW, Audi, Aston Martin and McLaren all agree
24 Feb 2021
Next generation BMW M2 spied – evo favourite reimagined
2022 BMW M2 spied nose
BMW M2

Next generation BMW M2 spied – evo favourite reimagined

The next generation 2-series coupe will spawn an all-new M2 after all, spied here for the first time
25 Feb 2021