Paris show concept previews new Mini SUV; here in 2010
10 September 2008

Mini has finally taken the covers off its new four-wheel-drive model with this, the Crossover Concept. The Crossover is being used to preview Mini’s new ‘urban off-roader’, the fourth model in the line-up, ahead of its UK launch in early 2010. At 4135mm long, 1830mm wide and 1598mm high, it is bigger all round than the Mini Clubman, which donates much of its styling to its four-wheel drive sibling. The Crossover’s 2606mm wheelbase is also 61mm longer, providing scope for greater interior space as well as a slightly larger and more practical boot. See more pics of the Mini Crossover ConceptWhile it adopts the same retro look of existing Minis, the Crossover Concept has been given fresh visual appeal. The exterior takes on a considerably bolder appearance than the Clubman, with a prominent three-slat chromed grille and big, high-set headlamps dominating at the front end. Autocar sources in Germany have long suggested that the production version of the Crossover Concept will retain the same transverse engine layout as existing Minis, with a Getrag-developed four-wheel drive system to channel drive to the rear wheels. Prototype mules caught testing by Autocar’s spy photographers in recent months back up this line of thinking. Continuing the styling theme established on the Clubman, Mini has given the Crossover Concept an asymmetrical body with unusual doors. 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. Mini is remaining tight-lipped on whether this particular layout will be seen on production versions of the SUV.Inside, the Crossover Concept features a four-seat layout with individual sliding rear seats that can fold flat to extend boot space. Departing from the traditional dashboard design, the Crossover also gets what Mini calls a ‘Centre Globe’. Using laser projectors, the new display — which replaces the Mini’s centre dial — controls the entertainment, telecommuniction and navigation systems. Although the car was expected to be called Crossman, Mini says the production version will be badged as a Mini Cross, the title under which it has been developed at BMW’s R&D centre in Munich.

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10 September 2008

From the front it looks a bit like a startled carp...

10 September 2008

Absolutely hideous. A pointless yuppy toy. Issigonis will be turning in his grave. BMW certainly know how to do crass. Just look at the latest Rolls coupe for confirmation.

10 September 2008

Is this a joke?

10 September 2008

Terrible.

And what about the Panda-look-like third window on the side?

10 September 2008

I think it looks quite interesting, works better than the Clubman as a design, which still looks a bit weird to me. I don't have any issue with the idea of a more muscular looking 4x4-esque Mini with a raised ride height. HOWEVER, as Kee Law said above, I can't see any reason whatsoever for four wheel drive. I genuinely believe that there would not be a single potential buyer in the ENTIRE WORLD who would complain if this were to be a 2 wheel drive only model. What a massive waste of money and materials, not to mention extra weight, making this a 4WD. Various Daihatsu's and the Panda 4x4 cater for this market.

10 September 2008

Well even the X6 didn't spur me on to register but this erm, thing, did.

I'm all for choice and freedom of pression but come on! This really is quite apalling despite some neat features and a more sensible take on the back door.

But... it is oh so nearly the same size as a Maxi...

BMW always focused on what the Mini became, not what Issigonis intended - which works for some people but always grates with me - too many missed opportunities for something really groundbreaking.

What frightens me the most is that they may build it.....

10 September 2008

Yep, I think BMW must have been playing those old Betamax videos of Blakes 7 to their Stylists again - they appear to have got their inspiration from the Liberator?

For the benefit of those of you who were not even a twinkle in your father's eye in the 1980s (and have not got a clue what I am talking about) Blakes 7 was the BBC's version of Star Trek, but much much cheaper!

Wikipedia describes Blakes 7 as being:

"Set in the "third century of the second calendar", Blake's 7 follows the exploits of revolutionary Roj Blake as he leads his band of rebels against the forces of the totalitarian Terran Federation which rules the Earth and many of the planets of the galaxy. The Federation controls its citizens by means of mass surveillance, brainwashing, and pacification with drugged food, water and air. Sentenced to deportation to a penal colony on a remote planet, Blake escapes with the help of his fellow prisoners and gains control of the Liberator, an alien spacecraft far in advance of anything the Federation possesses. The craft has superior speed and weaponry and a teleport system that allows crew members to be transported to the surface of a planet without having to land the ship. Blake and his crew then attempt to disrupt and damage the Federation."

GD

10 September 2008

[quote noluddite]Absolutely hideous. A pointless yuppy toy. Issigonis will be turning in his grave. BMW certainly know how to do crass.[/quote]

How true, how true. I see from subsequent posts that you are not alone in this view. I took one look and thought "Ugh". I then went to the full set of pictures and could not believe my eyes. What an eyesore.

GB

10 September 2008

[quote weenedonpetrol]

ep, I think BMW must have been playing those old Betamax videos of Blakes 7 to their Stylists again -  they appear to have got their inspiration from the Liberator?

For the benefit of those of you who were not even a twinkle in your father's eye in the 1980s (and have not got a clue what I am talking about) Blakes 7 was the BBC's version of Star Trek, but much much cheaper!  

Wikipedia describes Blakes 7 as being:

"Set in the "third century of the second calendar",  Blake's 7 follows the exploits of revolutionary Roj Blake as he leads his band of rebels against the forces of the totalitarian Terran Federation which rules the Earth and many of the planets of the galaxy. The Federation controls its citizens by means of mass surveillance, brainwashing, and pacification with drugged food, water and air. Sentenced to deportation to a penal colony on a remote planet, Blake escapes with the help of his fellow prisoners and gains control of the Liberator, an alien spacecraft far in advance of anything the Federation possesses. The craft has superior speed and weaponry and a teleport system that allows crew members to be transported to the surface of a planet without having to land the ship. Blake and his crew then attempt to disrupt and damage the Federation."

[/quote] wtf?

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