As usual, Auto Express has it’s own info apart from the rest of the automotive world. And if history is any indication, I wouldn’t put too much faith in either the words or the pictures in the article. But it certainly does make for a good read. Do you think there’s a correlation between that and selling weekly magazines?

>MINI is set to head into uncharted territory in 2009 with an off-road evolution of its supermini – tipped to be badged the Monte. Based on the recently launched Clubman, the newcomer is described by company insiders as a sports activity vehicle, and it has been pencilled in to make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show next September.

>While it’s front-wheel drive only, the car will sport a series of modifications to adapt it to the rough stuff. As well as offering tall suspension, the Monte will be fitted with a tough off-road bodykit, and will also be the first MINI ever to be fitted with five doors – a feature that’s likely to have an enormous impact on the model’s practicality. Engine details are still scarce, but a source told Auto Express that the car will be available with a choice of 1.6-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel units. Meanwhile, prices are expected to start at around £2,000 more than the Clubman.

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