Mini isn't so small anymore.
It is launching two vehicles into the highly competitive compact segment -- the Clubman wagon and the Countryman crossover.
It's too early to judge whether the redesigned Clubman is luring conquests and the much-desired families to Mini. The Countryman goes on sale in March and the hybrid version in June.
Mini executives say making these two models bigger will open the brand to customers who hadn't considered its smaller vehicles. Mini is charging a premium for its compacts and hopes to have the same success that sister brand BMW has seen with its X1 crossover.
An all-new electric Mini is coming in 2019.
Last year, Mini sales in the United States suffered as it replaced the Clubman and Countryman. This year has to be a turnaround year for the brand, which ditched boutique models such as the Coupe and Paceman to concentrate on volume models.