The MINI Crossover Concept - Innovative Design Details

MINI Crossover

MINI Crossover Concept

The MINI Crossover Concept is a design study for a fourth variant in MINI’s current model range.  With four doors, four drive wheels, four single seats and at four metres in the length, the Crossover Concept combines versatility and style: its main aim is to tempt new target groups into the world of MINI.

The MINI Crossover Concept is packed with innovative design details and practical solutions.  It seeks to retain MINI ownership as a unique prospect as competitors continue to try and replicate the successful MINI recipe.

You know what they say about length…

The MINI Crossover Concept is the first MINI model to measure over four metres in length and almost 1.6 m high, giving it greater practicality and enhanced flexibility.  Interior personalisation opportunities are also increased.

Looks matter…

The MINI Crossover Concept still features many of the typical MINI characteristics, such as the wheels located at four corners to highlight the ‘go kart’ feeling, the circular design features and the entertaining use of space and functions.  More than just an all-wheel drive, however, the MINI Crossover offers fantastic flexibility and meets more specific customer requirements.

With four doors, two on each side, you may think the MINI Crossover Concept has a conventional feel after all.  But you’d be wrong.  Two conventional doors can be found on the passenger’s side (front and back), with a third for the driver.  The fourth door, for the rear passenger on the driver’s side, slides back along the outside of the car for convenient access and loading.

The rear door has a frameless, retractable window and when open, swivels to one side to facilitate the loading of long items, such as skis, snowboards and surfboards.  But it doesn’t stop there: the capacity can be increased even further due to the folding roof cover which extends across the whole length of the roof and there’s even a transport case which can be fitted on to the outside of the rear door.

Published 10 September 2008 Melanie Carter
 

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