The wraps have come off MINI's new crossover model, which we can finally confirm will go on sale early next year as the 2011 MINI Countryman following a world debut at March's 2010 Geneva Motor Show.
Images for the new crossover were leaked online yesterday but now we have all the tasty details and high-res images.
There was a lot of speculation about what MINI was going to call its new crossover, with names like Colorado, Crossman and Maxi all doing the rounds. Finally, MINI decided on reviving its Countryman moniker, a name that dates back to the 1960s where it was used for a special two-door estate version of the original Morris Minor sold in the UK.
The new 2011 MINI Countryman is a very different beast to the original 1960s model. As the first model in the MINI range with four doors and a wide-opening rear lid, the new Countryman provides even greater freedom of space, a slightly elevated seating position, and optimized driving comfort and safety thanks to the optional ALL4 all-wheel drive system.