Mini has released their biggest model to date, the Countryman. Available with all wheel drive, this is sort of a Mini Allroad, if you will. I'm sure many will bemoan the trend of bigger and bigger Minis, thus contradicting the very name of the brand, but I'd have to disagree. I think they've done a very cool job with this car, better than they did with the Clubman with it's semi-functional additional space. With this , I see a car that is quite a bit more useful for what lots of people do, while still retaining the small sporting values of the brand. How much fun with this be in the dirt on Cottonwood Pass for example?!
Sometime in the next year things should get even better, when Mini releases a John Cooper Works version of this in conjunction with Mini's entrance in the World Rally Championship. Can't wait!
In the meantime, check out this video of the newest Mini.