Set to cover over 8,000 km (4,971 miles) during the competition, the service vehicles will be equipped with an off-road design package that includes "silver-colored add-on parts for the front and rear apron and side skirts."

MINI recently dropped out of the World Rally Championship, but that hasn't stopped them from promoting their Countryman service vehicles that will support the X-Raid Team during the 2013 Dakar Rally.

Set to cover over 8,000 km (4,971 miles) during the competition, the service vehicles will be equipped with an off-road design package that includes "silver-colored add-on parts for the front and rear apron and side skirts." The crossovers will also have an increased ride height, off-road tires and special badging.

MINI says the off-road design package is a retrofit option, so it won't void the crossover's original warranty. They also say the model can be equipped with auxiliary headlights, mud flaps, all-weather floor mats and 18-inch alloy wheels with run-flat tires.

The Dakar Rally starts on January 5th and the X-raid Team is looking to defend last year's victory.

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