We got our first look at the MINI's new crossover
in concept form at the Paris Motor Show recently and now it has turned up in production prototype form. The car spotted on the street is wearing a black and yellow pattern that looks like it came right out of a sixties acid trip. Nonetheless, it's apparent that the odd-ball door arrangement of the concept has been discarded in favor of a conventional forward-hinged four door arrangement. This least miniature of MINIs will use some kind of all wheel drive powertrain and should seat four adults in comparative comfort. Whether the world really needs a higher riding 4x4 MINI at all is another question entirely and hopefully the brand will stick to its previous commitment not to go any larger than this car. Perhaps with the electric drive system (including a motor at each axle) that's coming to the MINI EV, this could be a green CUV.