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Next-gen MINI Clubman to become higher-riding crossover?

The redesigned Clubman would become more like the Countryman, MINI's best-seller by far in the US market.

MINI is reportedly planning to transform the Clubman into a higher-riding model, adding a second crossover to sell alongside the popular Countryman.

The brand's car-focused lineup has contributed to steep sales declines in the US market, where the Countryman accounted for more than a third of overall deliveries in the first 11 months of 2019.

Autocar suggests the company is considering a more SUV-like Clubman to help address its lack of crossovers, making the six-door wagon both taller and longer. It is unclear if the dimensions will become larger than the Countryman, however, or if the Countryman may grow to provide more differentiation between the models.

A Clubman SUV may be at least a few years off, as the current generation entered production just four years ago and is in the middle of its life cycle.

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