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by Brett Davis

MINI is developing the next-generation MINI Cooper and new range of MINI models. One of those expected to join the new line-up is the MINI Traveller, an MPV concept that was first thrown up in 2009 with the proposal of the MINI Spacebox.

The new MINI Traveller will apparently be based on the next-generation MINI UKL1 platform. The UKL1 is said to be under development, coming in two different lengths, one for the Cooper-based two-door models and one for the larger Clubman- and Countryman-based models.

According to a recent post on BMW Blog, an insider has said the new Traveller project is being internally named the Progressive ACTIVITY MINI. The insider said,

“If there is one phrase to describe the brief for the MINI Traveller then it is named the swiss-army-knife MINI variant.”

Autocar in the UK has also reported that along with nine new models to be brought out with the next-generation line-up, one of them will be a Spacebox-themed MPV to be called the MINI Traveller.

All new models will apparently receive a BMW-sourced three-cylinder engine. The three-cylinder unit is expected to produce similar power figures to the current PSA engines while offering improved fuel economy ratings.

Reports say the new MINI Traveller, along with the new MINI Cooper, will go on sale sometime in 2013.

What do you think? Is there a place in the market for a MINI MPV? Would you buy one? Feel free to give us your thoughts in the comments section below.




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