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Mini 4x4 breaks cover!

2008-09-10 09:36
MINI

Finally, the first official information has surfaced about Mini’s upcoming four-wheel-drive model with the unveiling of its production-ready Crossover concept. The prototype will be shown at the Paris Motor Show.

The Crossover previews Mini's attempt on the SUV theme, a fourth model derivative which will join the line-up in 2010. In production guise it will be badged as the Mini Cross.

Rumour has it that Mini 4x4 would share its underpinnings with BMW's upcoming X1 entry-level SUV – after all, it will be built at the same plant in Graz, Austria.

The Crossover concept's Clubman-like appearance also hints that the two Mini models might share the same mechanical package.

However, at 4 135mm long, 1830mm wide and 1 598mm high, it is bigger all round than the Mini Clubman.

The Crossover’s 2 606mm wheelbase is also 61mm longer, providing scope for a roomier interior space and bigger boot.

Inside, the Crossover Concept features a four-seat layout with individual sliding rear seats that can fold flat to extend boot space.

Although it is immediately recognisable as a Mini, the Crossover Concept has more muscular and bolder look than its siblings, with a prominent three-slat chromed grille and big, high-set headlamps dominating its nose.

Like the Clubman Mini has given the Crossover Concept an unusual door arrangement.

The right-hand side has two short but conventional front-hinged frameless doors and an exposed B-pillar, but the left-hand side has a longer frameless front door and a stubby rear door with a parallelogram hinge and does away with the B-pillar altogether.

At the rear is a frameless one-piece tailgate that hinges sideways from the right to reveal a flat boot. The rear window can be wound down to allow long objects to extend out beyond the rear door.

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