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Mini Revives The Moke With New Beachcomber Concept

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2010 MINI Beachcomber Concept

2010 MINI Beachcomber Concept

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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.

2010 MINI Beachcomber Concept

2010 MINI Beachcomber Concept

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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.

2009 Mini Beachcomber concept

2009 Mini Beachcomber concept

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Comments (10)
  1. Offroading in a MINI? Sounds like its as much fun as going offroading in a little red wagon.
     
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  2. "Runflat tires are also fitted so no space is taken up by a bulky spare"
    ORLY?
     
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  3. At first look, not very convincing. Mini buyers wouldn't want to get anywhere close to anything that resembles an SUV, except for a Wrangler. And why the spare mounted in back? Maybe it would go over better in Europe?
     
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  4. Looks interesting. Have to say it feels like a smaller version of an Old Jeep CJ7 - assume it will run much more smoothly.
     
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  5. I wonder who their target market is with this offroading version of the mini- I presume its not all the women who bought previous versions.
     
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  6. I'm pretty sure we're looking at the face of the Mini crossover. Just add four doors and voila!
     
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  7. How many ways can you spin a MINI chassis? Apparently the answer is "infinity."
     
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  8. This is obviously the Mini Crossover (Crossman?) minus its doors and a few random body panels.
    And it has almost NOTHING to do with the original Moke, which had no roof and was basically a metal tub (with gas tanks in the doorsills!) with a Mini powertrain up front.
    It was cheap, cheerful, basic, slightly scary ... everything this overblown Kraut monstrosity is NOT.
    Feh.
     
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  9. Another automaker trying to be all things to all people.
     
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  10. It looks like fun. I could get rid of my VW Cabrio and my Honda CRV--AWD convertible. Perfect.
     
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