Crossover vehicles are becoming more apparent in the European market with examples such as the BMW X6, Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLK. Now Mini steps into the field with its new Crossover Concept, the fourth variant in company's current model range. With four doors, four-wheel drive, four single seats and at four meters in the length, the Crossover Concept combines versatility and style.
The Mini Crossover Concept is packed with innovative design details and practical solutions. The Crossover Concept is the first Mini to measure over four meters (13.12 ft) in length and almost 1.6 m (5.25 ft) high, giving it greater practicality and enhanced flexibility.
The Crossover Concept still features many of the typical Mini characteristics, such as the wheels located at four corners to highlight the `go kart' feeling, the circular design features and the entertaining use of space and functions. More than just an all-wheel drive, however, the Crossover offers flexibility and meets more specific customer demands.
With four doors, two on each side, you may think the Crossover Concept has a conventional feel. But there's a third door for the driver. And the fourth door, for the rear passenger on the driver's side, slides back along the outside of the car for convenient access and loading.The rear door has a frameless, retractable window and when open, swivels to one side to facilitate the loading of long items, such as snowboards and surfboards. But it doesn't stop there: the capacity can be increased even further due to the folding roof cover which extends across the whole length of the roof.
With more storage space than ever seen before in a Mini, the Crossover Concept offers additional capacity and uniquely, the opportunity to personalize the layout of the interior.
The four seats are individual, single seats which can be adjusted forwards and backwards allowing more legroom to the rear passengers.
The front and rear seats are linked visually by the new Mini Center Rail - a matt-polished aluminum fastening rail which extends from the dashboard through the middle of the car, to the rear. A unique fastening system can be used with the Center Rail to attach cupholders, storage units and entertainment consoles which can be passed between the front and the rear passengers.
The Crossover Concept features a new display and control console which hosts all major entertainment, telecommunication and navigation functions: the Mini Center Globe. This three dimensional globe can be personalized independently by both the driver and passenger as the display is shown in two hemispheres - for example, allowing the passenger to surf the net while the driver follows the navigation.
Operated by a touch-sensitive surface, the Center Globe can also be programmed by a trackball situated on the steering wheel, buttons or slide controls in the lower section of the globe, or even by a keyboard which extends out from the dashboard on the passenger's side.
Not just a drawing, the Mini Crossover Concept will preview at the Paris Motor Show October 4-18 and is expected to go into production in the near future.