It's the pictures that MINI wasn't ready to release... An anoymous source has leaked three official photos of the all-new 4x4 MINI Crossman onto the internet, ahead of it's public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
The leak comes just a day after the firm revealed an official teaser video for the car which you can see here.
Shown sporting a Pepper white paint scheme, with black alloys and a black roof, the Cooper S variant shown in the pictures has a sportier look than expected. It also wears an 'All4' badge on its flanks - a new logo devised especially for MINI's first 4x4.
It's not just the all-wheel drive transmission that makes the Crossman different from any other MINI either. It will be the first non-UK-built model. Instead of Oxford it will be assembled at the the Magna Steyr plant in Gratz, Austria.
Similarities with the MINI Beachcomber concept shown in Detroit are evident, especially at the front end where the oversize headlights and low-set fog lights remain. The bumpers, front and rear, have been restyled though, giving the car a similar look to the hatchback from behind.
The cabin is almost identical to the current crop of MINIs, with its oversize speedo and quirky toggles, making it immediately recognisable to MINI owners.
With prices starting from around £17,000, the Crossman (although it's name is yet to be confirmed) will go on sale this September. More information and a more extensive picture gallery will be made available closer to the car's official unveil in Geneva.