MINI Crossover Concept

MINI Crossover Concept

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Does this concept prove BMW has a sense of humour, or that it is committed to bringing a four-wheel drive vehicle to the MINI range within the next couple of years?

The MINI Crossover Concept is a new model variant for the first time measuring more than four metres in length, with four drive wheels, four doors and four single seats.

A universal, multifunction fastening rail, the MINI Center Rail, extending between the seats on the centre console of the MINI Crossover Concept, offers not only offers unconventional storage options, but also provides a consistent link between the front row of seats and the rear – that’s kind of ‘designery’ talk that car manufacturers say to justify an unusual idea.

There’s also an innovative central instrument in three-dimensional finish – the MINI Centre Globe. It’s a combined control and display unit formed as a globe, which hasn’t been seen before in a car. It allows integrated control of entertainment, communication, navigation, and vehicle functions.

MINI is obviously targeting the lifestyler with its all-wheel drive, and the extra length gives more storage options. We’re wondering whether ‘MINI’ is the right term for a car that, at four metres long, is anything but!

There are asymmetric doors – a conventional arrangement of doors is to be found only on the front passenger’s side, while on the driver’s side the MINI Crossover Concept comes with a conventional door for the first row of seats plus a lift/sliding door moving along the outside for convenient access to the rear and for loading the car from the side. And by dropping the B-pillar on the driver’s side, the MINI Crossover Concept presents a generous opening.

The rear door swivelling to one side, together with its frameless and retractable rear window, likewise offers better loading conditions, giving a large opening and the low loading sill. Sports equipment and other, even bulkier objects can be loaded into the luggage space offering even larger capacity when required by lowering the individually folding rear seats completely into the floor of the car with the help of a parallelogram kinematic mechanism.

Storage capacities may then be increased even further by a transport case fitted outside on the rear door, and the roof rail system available on the MINI Crossover Concept is ideal for fitting ski, snowboard and bicycle carriers as well as transport boxes of all sizes.

As a folding roof cover extending throughout the entire length of the roof, the roof structure may be opened both from the front and from the rear, letting either fresh air or warm sunshine into the car – or both, depending on the driver’s and passengers’ wishes.

The opening at the rear also serves to accommodate extremely long objects transported in the car, ranging from a surfboard all the way to cross-country skis.

The single seats at the rear, to mention perhaps the most significant highlight, come in the same contours as the driver’s and front passenger’s seats and are adjustable by 13 centimetres or 5.1″ fore-and-aft. So depending on individual requirements, the rear seats offer either lounge-like legroom or additional storage capacity in the rear compartment.

MINI Crossover Concept fq

Does this concept prove BMW has a sense of humour, or that it is committed to bringing a four-wheel drive vehicle to the MINI range within the next couple of years?

The MINI Crossover Concept is a new model variant for the first time measuring more than four metres in length, with four drive wheels, four doors and four single seats.

A universal, multifunction fastening rail, the MINI Center Rail, extending between the seats on the centre console of the MINI Crossover Concept, offers not only offers unconventional storage options, but also provides a consistent link between the front row of seats and the rear – that’s kind of ‘designery’ talk that car manufacturers say to justify an unusual idea.

There’s also an innovative central instrument in three-dimensional finish – the MINI Centre Globe. It’s a combined control and display unit formed as a globe, which hasn’t been seen before in a car. It allows integrated control of entertainment, communication, navigation, and vehicle functions.

MINI is obviously targeting the lifestyler with its all-wheel drive, and the extra length gives more storage options. We’re wondering whether ‘MINI’ is the right term for a car that, at four metres long, is anything but!

There are asymmetric doors – a conventional arrangement of doors is to be found only on the front passenger’s side, while on the driver’s side the MINI Crossover Concept comes with a conventional door for the first row of seats plus a lift/sliding door moving along the outside for convenient access to the rear and for loading the car from the side. And by dropping the B-pillar on the driver’s side, the MINI Crossover Concept presents a generous opening.

The rear door swivelling to one side, together with its frameless and retractable rear window, likewise offers better loading conditions, giving a large opening and the low loading sill. Sports equipment and other, even bulkier objects can be loaded into the luggage space offering even larger capacity when required by lowering the individually folding rear seats completely into the floor of the car with the help of a parallelogram kinematic mechanism.

Storage capacities may then be increased even further by a transport case fitted outside on the rear door, and the roof rail system available on the MINI Crossover Concept is ideal for fitting ski, snowboard and bicycle carriers as well as transport boxes of all sizes.

As a folding roof cover extending throughout the entire length of the roof, the roof structure may be opened both from the front and from the rear, letting either fresh air or warm sunshine into the car – or both, depending on the driver’s and passengers’ wishes.

The opening at the rear also serves to accommodate extremely long objects transported in the car, ranging from a surfboard all the way to cross-country skis.

The single seats at the rear, to mention perhaps the most significant highlight, come in the same contours as the driver’s and front passenger’s seats and are adjustable by 13 centimetres or 5.1″ fore-and-aft. So depending on individual requirements, the rear seats offer either lounge-like legroom or additional storage capacity in the rear compartment.

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