MINI Countryman Plus

  • 2011 Mini Countryman, shown at NJ Motorsports Park, May 2010

    When it launched in the States in 2002, the Mini Cooper taught the auto industry that U.S. buyers will pay real money for very small cars. If, that is, they offer personality, charm, cheekiness, and good handling. But can you make a Mini into a crossover sport utility and still keep its "Mini-ness"? That's the question that buyers will decide early next year, when the Mini Countryman arrives at dealers. The small crossover is the largest vehicle ever to carry the Mini name. It's the first Mini with five doors, and it'll come with two engines: the standard Cooper 120-hp 1.6-liter four, and the...

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