The past couple of months have been terribly busy for the Mini. Not only did the brand turn 50 years old, but two new concept cars were unveiled as part of the celebrations of the historic milestone in the form of the Mini Coupe and Roadster concept vehicles from September’s Frankfurt Auto Show.
Now, a third concept vehicle is set to be unveiled, the all-new 2009 Mini Beachcomber Concept, which is set to make its debut next month at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show.
Built along the lines of the original Mini Moke from the 1960s, the new Beachcomber combines the toughness of an off-road vehicle with the convenience of a minicar.
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Measuring just over 13 feet in length, the Beachcomber comes with Mini’s ALL4 all-wheel drive system and reinforced A- and D-pillars for protection in the case of a rollover. Lightweight technology also helps to lower the vehicle’s centre of gravity.
Inside, the vehicle comes with a central speedo finished in the typical Mini design, numerous loudspeakers as well as special instruments for offroad motoring such as a liquid-sprung compass. The trim surfaces in the cockpit are finished in magnetic paint also used for the first time to create a special touch of flowing liquidity.
Single seats at the rear with adjustable backrests that folding down completely offers passengers plenty of comfort, but also allows enough storage space for bulky sports equipment such as mountain bikes or wakeboards. Runflat tires are also fitted so no space is taken up by a bulky spare. Up top is a soft roof that comes off the body completely.
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