MINI has traditionally taken a conservative route when adding new models to their lineup. First, there was the MINI Cooper hatchback. Then, the Cooper Convertible, which was essentially a standard Cooper with its roof cut off. The MINI Clubman came next, which added a few inches of body to the rear end, followed by the Countryman, which currently serves as MINI's entrant into the luxury crossover class. The Countryman's body was altered to provide two extra doors, an increased ride height, and an all-wheel drivetrain.
Although regarded by some as a bold (if not odd) choice, the Countryman has nevertheless become MINI's best-selling model.