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Mini will extend lineup with help from BMW

Automotive News reports on Mini's new model plans through 2014.

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Mini Cooper Coupe
The Mini Coupe goes on sale this fall. Josh Miller/CNET

Mini's range will grow in the coming years as it makes use of a new BMW Group front-wheel-drive architecture.

It is unclear how many models based on the architecture Mini will get, but the first will be the redesigned Cooper due in 2014.

Cooper: The third-generation hatchback is expected in 2014, using a new fwd and four-wheel-drive architecture shared with a new range of entry-level BMWs.

Clubman: The three-door compact wagon may be restyled in 2012.

Countryman: Mini's first crossover went on sale this year. The brand's first four-door vehicle is 161.7 inches long, 6 inches longer than the Clubman wagon.

Mini debuted a new all-wheel-drive system called All4 as an option on the Countryman.

Paceman: The three-door derivative of the five-door Countryman will debut in the fall of 2012. It will share the Countryman's platform and power trains.

Coupe: A two-seat coupe based on the three-door Cooper goes on sale this fall.

Two four-cylinder gasoline engines will be offered, with output ranging from 121 hp in the Cooper Coupe to 208 hp in the John Cooper Works Coupe.

Roadster: A soft top based on the new two-seat coupe will debut in early 2012.

Entry-level car: Mini is considering an entry-level model smaller than the Cooper.

(Source: Automotive News)