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by George Skentzos

The Mini Crossman SUV is quickly approaching the final stages of its development, with our photographers snapping a rather interestingly camouflaged production version for the first time.

 

The paradox of a Mini SUV is aimed at launching the brand into new territory, with BMW hoping it will become a more “masculine” alternative in the hotly contested crossover market.

Since our last look at the Crossman, Mini has revealed the new model as a concept at the Paris Auto Show, which is likely to reveal subtle details which will appear in final production model.

2010 Mini Crossman SUV spied

These spy shots reveal the Crossman will feature a split rear tail gate like the Clubman, although designers appear to have eliminated the issue of compromised rear visibility.

 2010 Mini Crossman SUV spied

With Mini rapidly running out of space at their current facilities, this new vehicle will also mark the first time a Mini has been assembled outside the UK, with Austrian manufacturer Magna Steyr set to take on that role.

 2010 Mini Crossman SUV spied2010 Mini Crossman SUV spied

The Mini Crossman SUV is set to be released in 2010, with reportedly no plans for a fifth model in the Mini line-up.




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