I've been lucky enough to drive the Mini Countryman, both front wheel and four wheel drive, at BMW’s HQ in Bracknell. Using the Mini name maybe stretching it a bit but it does have a lot in common with the current Mini such as dash board and a similar front end. I’m sure that its sales will be as healthy as BMW predict.
Colin wrote'.......it does have a lot in common with the current Mini such as dash board and a similar front end.'
Common parts across a model range and indeed across two manufacturers is normal for these times. Renault/Vauxhall/Nissan for vans Ford/VW/SEAT/FIAT for MPV's VW/Skoda/SEAT for certain models My own car has the same platform and engine range across two manufacturers and several models. It the name of the game Though once a Automotive engineer did point out to me that the Estate version of a certain large saloon was an entirely different vehicle sharing only obvious details in appearance.