MINI Crossover ConceptSeptember 11, 2008
The MINI Crossover Concept is a design study for a fourth variant in MINI’s current model range. With four doors, four driven wheels, four single seats and at four metres in the length, the MINI Crossover Concept still features many of the typical MINI characteristics, such as the wheels located at four corners to maintain the ‘go kart’ driving experience.
Although the MINI Crossover Concept has four doors, two on each side, 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. And the capacity can be increased even further by 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.
The four seats are individual, single seats which can be adjusted forwards and backwards by up to thirteen centimetres in the rear – allowing more legroom to the rear passengers.
There is a new MINI Center Rail – a fastening rail which extends from the dashboard through the middle of the car, to the rear. A unique fastening system can be used with the Center Rail to attach cupholders, storage units and entertainment consoles which can be passed between the front and the rear passengers. A special collection of dishes and cups have even been created.
The MINI Crossover Concept previews at the Paris Motor Show and is the basis on which a series production car will be developed in the future.