BMW considering MINI crossover?

BMW is considering offering a rugged crossover version of the forthcoming MINI Clubman five-door wagon, according to the U.K.'s AutoExpress. The all-wheel-drive MINI will likely hit showrooms for the 2010 model year, if production is approved.

A BMW insider told the magazine there is a strong business case for the compact SUV, especially considering the demand for such vehicles here in North America. The 4x4 MINI might look something like the off-roader built by Italy's Castagna (pictured).