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Detroit Preview: MINI Beachcomber concept


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MINI Beachcomber concept - click above for high res image gallery

We still have few more months to wait before the production version of the new MINI Crossover arrives, but the folks in Oxford will be dropping a new concept in Detroit next month to tide us over. Think of the MINI Beachcomber as the melding of one of Alec Issigonis' progeny with a Jeep Wrangler. The Beachcomber is based on the brand's new CUV, but gets an open-top/open-sides look reminiscent of the American off-road icon.

Unlike the mid-sixties Mini Moke, this one retains the main structure of the upcoming crossover, but is unlikely to ever see production. The new all-wheel drive system in the concept and the turbocharged four cylinder are both expected to appear in the production Crossover, although the 4,000-word press release somehow manages to avoid giving any actual technical details. Like a Wrangler, the Beachcomber can accommodate either solid roof inserts or a soft top. Hopefully we'll get more details in Detroit, but before then check out the release after the jump.

[source: MINI]

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Well there is a precedent for something like this, the old Mini Moke, which was a doorless, softtop version of the old-skool Mini. I see no harm in it, in fact, I think it's kinda cool. Love the knobby tires. The production crossover, I hope, is as butch as this, but I fear the price since the regular Mini Cooper S can go up to $30k, + or -.

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