Geneva 2012: MINI

  • MINI unveils hot Countryman model
  • Commercial version of Clubman
  • Gets flat load area, three cargo doors

On MINI's stand centre stage was taken by a hot version of the Countryman crossover

Just when you thought there couldn't be any more interpretations of the MINI, the firm also revealed a concept van model.

Parkers Pick - Countryman JCW

  • What is it? A hot version of the Countryman crossover.
  • Vital stats and facts: It's powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine making 218bhp. This means 0-62mph in 7 seconds and a top speed of 140mph. It'll also be the first JCW model available with a six-speed automatic gearbox.
  • Why would you buy it? It's a hat-tip to the Countryman rally car so rally fans may be interested. If not, the 4x4 powertrain means it'll be versatile and typical MINI driving dynamics mean it'll be a lot of fun too.
  • Why wouldn’t you? The looks are a bit of an acquired taste.
  • Prices and launch date: Launch in Autumn 2012, no word on prices at this time.

What else is on the stand?

The MINI Clubvan - a commercial vehicle based on the Clubman. There's a flat load area working up to a fixed partition behind the front seat. There's a pair of side-hinged rear doors and a rear-hinged 'suicide' door on the right hand side of the van behind the front door. We predict definite appeal for those wanting a fun yet functional small van with a bit of character, but is that enough for MINI to put it into production? See what sister title Car Magazine thinks here.

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