Here's an interesting email I got the other day out of the blue:

You never heard it from me but I saw a very interesting product planning document that went out to about 2015!!! I only got a quick look – but I did catch in the MINI fields there was the Cooper, Cooper S, Cabrio versions of both, and another field that said “Cooper LWB” or “Cooper EXT” – for long wheelbase or extended. I'd imagine after the cabrio the next thing you'll see will have 4 doors or a 2dr with a stretched boot area.

It would seem that Dr. Panke words will ring true when he said that the introduction of the 4-door MINI would be pushed back until at least 2008. I wonder if we'll see a 2-door, longer wheel based MINI and a 4-door version as well.