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Old 11-28-2007, 06:23 AM   #1
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Default Off-road MINI will be the first of the brand to be built in the US.

Off-road MINI will be the first of the brand to be built in the US.

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British blow as bosses plan Monteís US move

Off-road MINI will be the first of the brand to be built in the US.

According to our sources, bosses are set to announce that the hotly anticipated off-road evolution of the new MINI will be built in the States.

This is the brandís first foray into US car production, but it could lead to sales doubling for the British legend. While the news is still top secret, itís thought MINI will join BMW at its factory in Spartanburg, North Caro*lina, where the X5 SUV is built. Pro*duction of the macho MINI has been confirmed for late 2008, and it could be on sale in the UK the following year. The newcomer, due to be called the Monte, will use the MINIís front-wheel-drive layout. To improve its off-road credentials, though, it will have a raised ride height and wider track.

These changes should enhance the carís versatility and ride quality signif*icantly. And by repositioning the suspension mounting points, there should be more room inside as well.

Power will come from a range of 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines, including the 175bhp turbo unit from the Cooper S. BMW has hinted there could be a new 1.4-litre oil-burner, too. Buyers will get a choice of manual and automatic transmissions, while the Efficient Dynamics package seen elsewhere in the range will feature, to cut emissions and boost economy.

All this comes at a price, with the Monte set to cost £2,000 more than the Clubman. As a result, base models are likely to start from about £16,500, with flagships as much as £20,000.

While the news that the MINI is heading Stateside is a boost for US fans, it isnít so great for the BMW Group Plant Oxford at Cowley, which would not be developed to build the third model if the plans go ahead
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Old 11-28-2007, 06:28 AM   #2
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But still FWD...how is that an off-road MINI???
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Old 11-28-2007, 07:06 AM   #3
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And where does it say FWD? Most definitely have AWD (at least as an option) - and rumor has it that the regular Mini might also get it as an option eventually.

But anyways, I see more "crossover" than actual "off-road" version... more like the new Nissan Rogue or Rav4 or countless other FWD-based crossovers.
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Old 11-28-2007, 07:10 AM   #4
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Old 11-28-2007, 09:17 AM   #5
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The newcomer, due to be called the Monte, will use the MINIís front-wheel-drive layout. To improve its off-road credentials, though, it will have a raised ride height and wider track.
Sounds like it will definitely be FWD at first.

I do understand what you're saying about being FWD based, Hazdaz.
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But anyways, I see more "crossover" than actual "off-road" version... more like the new Nissan Rogue or Rav4 or countless other FWD-based crossovers.
.. or Forester..

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heard it was getting a getrag AWD system? Maybe not initially then.....
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Old 11-28-2007, 11:22 AM   #7
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since the old monte carlo dominating mini's were fwd, i doubt this one would be different. i wish vw would have done the same with the new beetle. midengine tdi would have been nice.
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