• Jan 28, 2009
Click above for a gallery of the MINI Crossover Concept

According to BMW, the reception to its MINI Crossover Concept from the Paris Motor Show was so positive that the automaker approved the project for production in 2011 just four weeks after it debuted. The production version of the jacked-up MINI CUV is slated to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, which is right on schedule with earlier projections. Don't expect to see the concept's trick rear doors or the side-hinged driver's side portal on the production model, which will instead rely on four normal front-hinged openings and a standard tailgate. Also on the menu is an optional four-wheel drive system complete with low range when drivers want to tackle the Rubicon, which is, of course, never.

According to sources at MINI, the car will retain the brand's trademark kart-like handling, in spite of the ample ground clearance and meaty rolling stock that will be required on a vehicle with off-road intensions. In any case, the biggest MINI won't come cheap. Expect the 2011 MINI Crossover to pick up where the current range lets off, with a base price of around $29K. MINI also promises a full range of available options, so consider that figure nothing more than a vague starting point for the customizers among us.


[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like the retarded offspring of an FX45. Or maybe the artist that deampt the original FX was trying to create an evil twin, a bugged out wicked sad monster.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Been dreading it since the first rumors came out. Sad sad sad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In before MINI becomes just like the Saturn brand.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a joke. One sure way to destroy a strong brand...

      Just leave it as is BMW...Don't be stupid with a SUV, you already have the X3 and X5, and the rumored X1...

      • 5 Years Ago
      WTF is that thing?
      • 5 Years Ago
      STOP THE MADNESS. STOP THE MADNESS. ISSIGONIS WOULD WEEP.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't quite get all the hate for an efficient compact vehicle that can still get you down a crappy road to a trailhead or a put-in. Outdoor folks will be all over this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes, because there's never been an off-roading car/truck in the MINI lineup.


      Oh wait.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini_Moke
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good call on the reference. People tend to forget (or never knew) that there were variants with the original Minis as well.

        The clubman could've used that back door, so hopefully they'll dump the dual doors from it next year. The size on the clubman is decent, but those rear doors are annoying.

        Otherwise, the sliding rear doors are a little novel in a mini suv, but the thing looks a too bloated. I wonder if they could throw magnaride suspension in that so you could drop it a bit for normal driving.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think I am going to puke................no, wait, I did puke.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's strange that even if I know this just doesn't fit, there is still something I find attractive in the concept.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please don't, Mini.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So wrong. :(
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