Mini Crossover debut delayed until 2010

Mini Crossover debut delayed until 2010

Mini unveiled its new crossover concept at last year’s Paris Auto Show to a mixed reception but within just four weeks after its debut the vehicle was given the green light for production. Various prototypes have since been seen testing in Europe but apparently development has now been delayed.

The vehicle was originally scheduled for debut at this month’s Frankfurt Auto Show but according to a new report BMW has delayed its unveiling until next year.

A Mini spokesman told media in the U.S.: “The crossover launch has been pushed back as we wish to first explore differentiation within future Mini smaller models and get feedback.”

Now, Mini plans to use the upcoming Frankfurt event to display new Coupe and Roadster concepts, both of which may enter production.

As for the crossover, it will be a true 4×4 and will be able to seat four-passengers. It will stretch four meters in length but is still touted to retain Mini’s ‘go-kart drive quality’.

The first versions will be available in front-wheel-drive only, with a BMW Xdrive-derived al-wheel-drive model set to go on sale some time after the initial launch.

Mini unveiled its new crossover concept at last year’s Paris Auto Show to a mixed reception but within just four weeks after its debut the vehicle was given the green light for production. Various prototypes have since been seen testing in Europe but apparently development has now been delayed.

The vehicle was originally scheduled for debut at this month’s Frankfurt Auto Show but according to a new report BMW has delayed its unveiling until next year.

A Mini spokesman told media in the U.S.: “The crossover launch has been pushed back as we wish to first explore differentiation within future Mini smaller models and get feedback.”

Now, Mini plans to use the upcoming Frankfurt event to display new Coupe and Roadster concepts, both of which may enter production.

As for the crossover, it will be a true 4×4 and will be able to seat four-passengers. It will stretch four meters in length but is still touted to retain Mini’s ‘go-kart drive quality’.

The first versions will be available in front-wheel-drive only, with a BMW Xdrive-derived al-wheel-drive model set to go on sale some time after the initial launch.

Mini unveiled its new crossover concept at last year’s Paris Auto Show to a mixed reception but within just four weeks after its debut the vehicle was given the green light for production. Various prototypes have since been seen testing in Europe but apparently development has now been delayed.

The vehicle was originally scheduled for debut at this month’s Frankfurt Auto Show but according to a new report BMW has delayed its unveiling until next year.

A Mini spokesman told media in the U.S.: “The crossover launch has been pushed back as we wish to first explore differentiation within future Mini smaller models and get feedback.”

Now, Mini plans to use the upcoming Frankfurt event to display new Coupe and Roadster concepts, both of which may enter production.

As for the crossover, it will be a true 4×4 and will be able to seat four-passengers. It will stretch four meters in length but is still touted to retain Mini’s ‘go-kart drive quality’.

The first versions will be available in front-wheel-drive only, with a BMW Xdrive-derived al-wheel-drive model set to go on sale some time after the initial launch.

Mini unveiled its new crossover concept at last year’s Paris Auto Show to a mixed reception but within just four weeks after its debut the vehicle was given the green light for production. Various prototypes have since been seen testing in Europe but apparently development has now been delayed.

The vehicle was originally scheduled for debut at this month’s Frankfurt Auto Show but according to a new report BMW has delayed its unveiling until next year.

A Mini spokesman told media in the U.S.: “The crossover launch has been pushed back as we wish to first explore differentiation within future Mini smaller models and get feedback.”

Now, Mini plans to use the upcoming Frankfurt event to display new Coupe and Roadster concepts, both of which may enter production.

As for the crossover, it will be a true 4×4 and will be able to seat four-passengers. It will stretch four meters in length but is still touted to retain Mini’s ‘go-kart drive quality’.

The first versions will be available in front-wheel-drive only, with a BMW Xdrive-derived al-wheel-drive model set to go on sale some time after the initial launch.

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