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MINI Beachcomber Concept

The MINI Beachcomber may be a cool, outdoor concept car, but it’s based closely on the 4×4 MINI Crossman due in autumn 2010.

The Beachcomber is a four-seater, and four-door, concept car with an open body, although it does have the option of a soft roof and doors, or hardtop inserts. It’s obviously inspired by the 1960s Mini Moke, 14,500 of which were produced in the UK.

It combines all-wheel drive with high ground clearance, large 17-inch light-alloy wheels and off-road tyres, along with short front and rear overhangs, suggesting it should be more than capable off-road. If you get into trouble it’s even got a rollover crossbar.

To help you avoid getting into trouble, it comes with a liquid-sprung compass and an artificial horizon showing the angle of the car around its longitudinal and transverse axis.

The car comes with a Centre Rail already seen in the MINI Crossover Concept, the idea being for the driver and passengers to attach a variety of items such as music players. The Concept is also designed to accommodate beach and sports items ranging from surfboards to mountain bikes.

The MINI Beachcomber Concept will be on display at the North American International Auto Show (16-24 January 2010) in Detroit.