• Oct 2, 2008


Click above for a hi-res gallery of the MINI Crossover Concept

Some concepts are purely design exercises, while others serve as previews of upcoming production models. It's rare for one show car to serve as both, but then MINI is unique in the business. The Crossover concept that the BMW subsidiary unveiled here at the Paris Motor Show has a bit of a Dark Knight villain thing going for it. On one side it's got an unusual door configuration, big show-car wheels and a decidedly conceptual turquoise-highlighted paint scheme. On the other it's more staid, with conventional doors, a more conventional color palette and an altogether more production-feasible appearance. Up top and inside everything's all fantasy, however, with the cloth roof and trick glass infotainment system we reported on earlier. Click the thumbnails below to see the MINI Crossover Concept live from the Paris show floor, and the gallery below that for the factory studio shots, and let us know what you think of the two-faced concept car in our comments section.




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      • 6 Years Ago
      god that thing is hideous.
      • 6 Years Ago
      OH GOD STOP IT
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed, if they're going to do something with it, do a real off-road mini, now *that* would be cool.

        SUV= :P
        • 6 Years Ago
        Completely agree. Horrible.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not feeling it...The 2dr mini is still the best looking of them all. They try to expand the market with the clubman and I thought it was a bad idea...now comes this!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I gotta say, I'd look at it. I have a 2005, and a 2008 Clubman - this one might look very good with them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      At least I know why the driver's mirror is green now. (sigh)

      It looks like an overbloated toad with braces. I'll pass.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Where's the live pics of the other side?

      Too much chrome on the nose for me personally
      • 6 Years Ago
      Meh. I think I'd just prefer a 5-door version of the present Mini. I'm sorely tired of all the CUVs out there, and putting Mini styling on one just doesn't make it any better.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There already is, if you count the barn doors as separate doors.
      • 6 Years Ago
      BMW originally led everyone to believe this would be an update of the Mini-Moke.

      As it is, this MINI SUV is ugly enough to gag a camel. It should sell very well though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just ran out to the garage to give my Generation 1 MINI a little hug... bleh.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm actually sort of glad I'm not at Paris, just look at this and the BMW X1... Is BMW group trying to have a worst design competition? (And IMO, Bangle is actually losing!)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like hyundai tucson to me... which is not bad after all ))
      • 6 Years Ago
      Love the 50's era design influence.
      Stand alone design.
      Good proportions.
      Hope they build it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agree... I quite like it.
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