Mini Moke

Mini Moke

Revealed at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, the Mini Beachcomber will actually make it to production. Originally, the concept was built to only preview the Countryman crossover, but the Beachcomber turned out to be a great success and so onward it goes. In a recent interview Dr Wolfgang Armbrecht said: "We will come back to this to see if there is a business basis, as we were overwhelmed by the reaction. MINI will never show a concept that won’t make production."

The Beachcomber Concept also gave up two doors to pay tribute to the original Mini beach buggy, the Moke. The original Moke was built between 1964 to 1993. As with it, the Beachcomber has a metal, body-colored grille, only this time the designers have inserted driving lights. Off-road ability is enhanced by higher ground clearance than the Countryman , as well as chunky tires. Plus, the new ALL4 four-wheel-drive system is likely to be included as standard.

The production version of the Beachcomber will have almost no competitors on the market and as for its name Mini said the company needs original names.

Source: Auto Express

BMW i BMW i s using the MINI brand to create a revolution in the sub-compact class and it is going to offer in the future cars with all the imaginable body types, based on the classical MINI. The latest information points that BMW has in development a successor for the classical Mini Moke. A modern MINI SUV will be presented at the beginning of the next decade and will be built in the US.

Updated 01/21/10: Production version is known as theMini Countryman and will make its official debut in March 2010 at the Geneva Motor Show.

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