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.

Gallery: MINI Countryman with off-road design package headed to Dakar Rally

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