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MINI Beachcomber Concept

MINI Beachcomber Concept

MINI Beachcomber Concept

MINI Beachcomber Concept

MINI Beachcomber Concept

MINI Beachcomber Concept

MINI Beachcomber Concept

MINI Beachcomber Concept

MINI Beachcomber Concept
Make MINI
Model Beachcomber
Concept year 2010
Production year -
Engine -

The MINI Beachcomber was a concept designed to give a preview of the MINI Countryman. T

It's not hard to see that MINI got their inspiration for the Beachcomber concept from the Mini Moke from the 60s. Except where the Moke was extremely basic and retained a similar layout to the original Mini, the Beachcomber and the new 4x4 are built off an all-new platform.

The 4x4 drivetrain of the Beachcomber is not the first one to be fitted as standard by MINI. Back in the 60s when they were trying to sell the Moke to the military, Mini built a few 4x4 prototypes by adding an extra engine at the rear to drive the rear wheels. Thankfully, for the Beachcomber concept and the new 4x4, MINI have decided to adopt a more conventional layout!

MINI's designers have done a pretty good job of balancing the styling between being instantly recognizable as a MINI product, and tough enough to roll with the rest of the 'soft-roader' competition. The body colored front grille - which is designed to mimic the Moke's - is echoed at the rear in the design of the spare wheel housing. Massive side-sills along the front and rear entry points interact with the dark body frame to add a further touch of robustness, while the free view offered into the interior emphasizes the lightness and agility of this concept car. Stylised push button elements around the entry point, like on the MINI Moke, indicate the option to fit a simple and straightforward cover for bad weather.

According to MINI's press release the "all-wheel drive and the variable interior give the MINI Beachcomber Concept abilities absolutely ideal for a spontaneous and active experience of freedom and leisure time. The potential offered by the car's modern drivetrain technology and space concept is used here to the greatest possible extent to ensure a highly emotional driving experience. Hence, the MINI Beachcomber Concept consistently does without doors, a conventional roof and all other body elements which might possibly limit the intensity of the occupants' encounter with their surrounding world. This makes the driver and up to three passengers one harmonious entity communicating directly with their surroundings – whether cruising through town, enjoying rough tracks in the mountains, or breezing along the beach."
Essentially what MINI are saying is that if you want to be a show off you can drive around with the doors and roof removed, and that this will somehow bring you and your surroundings into harmony. Rubbish.

However for locations where it's possible to drive around without any weather protection, or the security of a locking door, the open configuration would probably be quite nice. That is until you realized you'd taken a wrong turn in a bad neighborhood, in an expensive vehicle with no doors, and it starts raining.



Similar and related vehicles:
MINI Roadster Concept
MINI Coupe Concept
MINI Crossover Concept
MINI Traveller
MINI Concept Geneva
MINI ACV 30
MINI Spiritual


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