Interior photos show off conventional layout
14 March 2009

These are the first photos of the interior of the upcoming Mini SUV, snapped by our spy photographers.

The photos were taken while test cars were driven around the Nurburgring and nearby roads, and show that the SUV's interior will be strictly conventional, following the standard Mini look.

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It's far removed from the futuristic interior of the Crossman concept car unveiled at last year's Paris motor show, which included a ‘Centre Globe’ mounted on the dashboard and computer-style trackballs mounted on the steering wheel.

While it was never anticipated that these would make production, it does demonstrate that Mini is evaluating new, futuristic interior styles.

The high-riding 4x4 model is due on sale next spring, followed by front-wheel drive and hot John Cooper Works versions of the car.

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Reports suggest the SUV will be called the Cross when it goes on sale, although this name has yet to be signed off within Mini.

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