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PostSubject: Gossip - unconfirmed news - name changes?   26th January 2018, 09:43

This is a bit odd - possible name change of hatch countryman and clubman with the word metro used...
And a smaller mini added to the line up...
Odd date though 2023 that will be 2 years into the 4th Gen

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PostSubject: Re: Gossip - unconfirmed news - name changes?   26th January 2018, 10:42

Yes, I was reading this earlier, interesting if true.

I think the Metro names are just internal code names for the new models, there's no way MINI would want to ditch the Cooper/S/JCW branding. And Metro would have negative connotations for many, though I loved mine ...

Really hope the rumoured return to a smaller platform is true, and wonder if the life cycle extension of the F56 to 2023 will delay the arrival of the GP3?
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PostSubject: Re: Gossip - unconfirmed news - name changes?   26th January 2018, 11:04

Maybe the 2021 4th Gen is still set once they got that done with maybe they will introduce the smaller one in 2023

Interesting stuff!

The original metro was awful haha
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PostSubject: Re: Gossip - unconfirmed news - name changes?   26th January 2018, 12:27

Depends if there's a 6R4 version affraid
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PostSubject: Re: Gossip - unconfirmed news - name changes?   26th January 2018, 12:45

What's 6R4 mean?

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PostSubject: Re: Gossip - unconfirmed news - name changes?   26th January 2018, 13:57

wlondoner wrote:
What's 6R4 mean?




That's a 6R4 ... Group B rally car, mid engined, turbo V6. Seem to remember Williams F1 were involved as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Gossip - unconfirmed news - name changes?   26th January 2018, 14:06

The article I read suggested that the 4th gen will be pushed back to 2023, and will be on the new, smaller platform. Only rumour at the moment, and it would go against the tendency of all manufacturers to keep making things bigger, but hope it's true. Would love to see the spirit of the R50/R53 come back.

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PostSubject: Re: Gossip - unconfirmed news - name changes?   26th January 2018, 16:09

We had a Metro some years back and really wanted Jeramy Clarkson to come round and destroy it!

Must have been the worse I’ve every owned!

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PostSubject: Re: Gossip - unconfirmed news - name changes?   26th January 2018, 19:56

I doubt they will wait 5/6 years from now until the next generation

I wouldn't buy a car smaller than the mini hatch but I see the appeal

I'm sure BMW know what they are doing and don't mess things up
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