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by George Skentzos

The idea of a MINI SUV has been around for quite some time now, with prototypes spied testing countless times around the world in various stages of development.

Now the brand has unveiled a new concept version dubbed the MINI Beachcomber which invokes the infamous Mini Moke with its radical open body four seater design.

In MINI’s own words, the concept has been based closely on the brand’s fourth model planned for international release in late 2010.

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“It’s an exciting look at what the future could hold for MINI. If the MINI Beachcomber Concept did eventuate I think it would be very well suited to the Australian landscape and way of life, especially given our propensity for coastal living and appetite for adventure, leisure and fun,” said MINI manager, Justin Hocevar.

Hyperbole aside, it is clear where the production model exists within the design of the MINI Beachcomber concept which has come a long way since the first MINI Crossover concept appeared in 2008.

The Beachcomber Concept is complete with a soft roof as well as lightweight door and roof elements that can be fitted easily and conveniently within moments.

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At almost four metres long, the MINI Beachcomber Concept is mini in name alone, offering supreme variability and spaciousness for active leisure as well as a high level of safety through its robust structure and to guarantee maximum occupant safety at all times.

The design language of the Beachcomber Concept remains pure MINI, with short overhangs and distinct front and rear styling.

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The MINI Beachcomber Concept will make its debut at the North American International Auto Show (16–24 January 2010) in Detroit.




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