In an effort to combat the onslaught of small crossovers rumors are pointing to MINI modifying the F55 five door hatch and creating a junior Countryman. First heard from our sources last fall, has some details on the project.

F55 min five door hatch

The concept is simple – lift the F55 and turn it into a “mild” crossover to better compete with cars such as the Audi A1. While details are scared we’d expect a slight lift with some new roof rails and body cladding. Critically MINI won’t modify any body structure to keep costs down and speed to market quick. The overall effect will be one of a rugged F55 with a higher seating position and sight-lines.

Expect the F55 junior Countryman in production form by 2021.