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Mini Countryman makes U.S. debut at NY Auto Show

Mini Countryman at the New York Auto Show.

Mini Countryman at the New York Auto Show. Photo Credit: Newsday/Jose Moreno

What happens when you supersize a Mini Cooper? The all new Mini Countryman, which is making its U.S. debut this week at the New York International Auto Show.

The Countryman is being billed by BMW as a small crossover, and while from the outside it might look as big as the Honda CR-V or the Toyota Rav4, the interior feels much like size of a Mini Cooper. The Countryman measures 161.3 inches long with a wheelbase of 102.2 inches, making it the "roomiest Mini out there," but with only 40 cubic feet of cargo space, owners won't be taking this car on any camping trip.

But if the distinct Mini style is your thing, your going to love seeing the Countryman in person. Essential, the crossover is the Cooper with a longer wheelbase and additional height of the body.

In the interior, the Countryman seats only four, with two bucket seats in the rear. There is a center rack that runs from the front to the rear of the car that is suppose to that serves as storage space and a hub for electrical and USB connections for smartphones, iPods, and latptops.

MINI Countryman will come in either a  Cooper, Cooper S (with the same engines of their compact car counterparts), or Cooper S with all wheel drive. No word yet on fuel economy or pricing, but it is expected to hit showroom floors early next year.

Photos: Newsday / Jose Moreno

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