Caught: Mini's Four-Door Cooper Variant Spotted Testing

November 8, 2012
Mini Cooper Four Door Hatchback Front Side View1
It's hard to keep track of all the Mini variants that buyers around the world will soon be offered, but now a four-door Mini Cooper hatchback has been spied testing. Though the front-drive Mini Countryman trims could be considered four-door Mini Cooper hatchbacks, the extended car pictured here has a lowered, less SUV-like appeal. Like the Mini Clubman, the potential Mini Cooper four-door variant would have an extended wheelbase for more room to accommodate additional passengers. The three-door Mini Clubman has outward-opening dual liftgate doors, but the four-door Mini Cooper spied here has a traditional, upward-opening liftgate along with a license plate mounted between the taillights like the Cooper but in contrast to the Countryman. The Mini shown in the gallery below also sports a grille more similar to those on the Cooper than the Countryman, which also features a rear side window with a different design than that of the Cooper and this prototype. Will the next-generation Mini Clubman grow two real rear doors? That's unclear, but with compact premium cars like the Audi A3, Fiat 500L, and Lexus CT 200h fighting for buyers, a Mini Cooper with four real doors lacking the Countryman's slightly more rugged appeal may actually make some sense. What do you think: Should the Mini Cooper lineup grow to include a model with four real doors?


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