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Mini is reportedly seriously considering creating a production version of the Beachcomber concept that debuted at this year's Detroit Auto Show. The Beachcomber was produced as a Mini Moke-inspired preview of the Countryman crossover that debuted in Geneva, but the concept left the doors and roof behind to create what looked like the offspring of a Jeep Wrangler and the iconic British small car.

Mini SVP for brand management Dr. Wolfgang Armbrecht acknowledged that the response to the concept was so strong that BMW is now looking at the business case for this open-sided variant. If Mini does proceed with the Moke/Beachcomber that would bring the lineup to seven models, including the upcoming coupe and roadster variants. A production version would probably come with removable doors and a folding fabric roof. We wouldn't expect to see this one appear until at least 2012 or 2013 at the earliest, if then, but in the meantime, make the jump to see Dr. Armbrecht and designer Gert Hildebrand discuss the Beachcomber concept.

[Source: AutoExpress]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd take one of these over a segment-monopoly Jeep Wrangler any day!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Coolest Mini so far, by far.
      The only one I would consider buying.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A tough mini must only appeal to ... pitchers, not catchers, if you know what I mean.
      • 4 Years Ago
      YES! Thank you! The view on these special editions are finally starting to change for the better, and I think the SVT Raptor had a lot to do with it. The generally accepted mindset is that these kinds of things are such niche products that nobody would buy them would they actually be allowed to be produced. But once they're actually produced, the dealers can't keep them on the lot. Build it Mini, build it and they will come!
      • 4 Years Ago
      good luck with those side impact crash tests
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it, but I don't think it'd have a chance on the U.S. market. People here are too obsessed with raw crash test scores for a doorless mini-SUV.

      Which is not to say it isn't charming. If it got the off-road capability of a Wrangler it would be one hell of a buy. But the original Mini Moke was not much of an off-roader, more of a light duty go-kart designed for some beach riding work with the top and doors off.

      I doubt a Moke would end up competing with the Wrangler. It would wind up competing with the Kia Soul'ster as a beach buggy for hipsters. It's cool but if I were an off roader and wanted something other than the Wrangler I'd wait for the new Defender coming to American and international shores by 2014.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A Moke! Do it!! Would consider +++
      • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes please, that looks HOT!
      • 4 Years Ago
      scary, we are looking at a potential mid 40k S model........
      • 4 Years Ago
      I owned an original Mk1 Moke in 1968-Abarth Exhaust & Les Leston wheel. I used to ask the marketing weasels at the auto shows when BMW was going to build a Moke. They didn't even know about it. You can understand why when you see this beastly prototype-leave the Moke to automotive history. If you like Mokes also see "Having a Wild Weekend "with the Dave Clark 5
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who in the hell is it at BMW operating their green light?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well if they actually call this one the "Moke" it will be the first Mini variant that BMW got the historical naming right
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would absolutely buy one if it appeared on dealer's lots just like the concept car!!! However, I have a very hard time believing that BMW's engineers wouldn't totally screw up the production version.
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