A test mule of a 5-seater MPV based on Countryman platform has been spied whilst out testing.
Rumors of a MINI MPV have been around for a while now, but these are the first photos of a test mule for the 5-seater van that's based on the Countryman platform. Codenamed 'Spacebox' the Traveller MPV is set to hit the market in 2014 when customers will have the choice of a more practical MINI but with typical MINI genes such as rear-hinged and barn doors. The fenders are a lot wider then on a normal Countryman due to a slightly wider chassis in order to offer more room, while the wheelbase is slightly longer as the front wheels have been moved forward.
The dimensions for the Traveller are compact and the front overhang is being kept short. The nickname "Spacebox" derives its name from the more spacious interior and extra glass that gives the Traveller a larger panoramic roof that allows the interior to appear larger than it actually is. The MINI Traveller resembles the third generation MINI Cooper hatch with its raked headlights and larger grille to distinguish the facial features. MINI is also experimenting with high level taillights in the C-pillars.