The MINI Crossover Concept was a vehicle which went on
display at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.
The Crossover Concept is the fourth body style from MINI,
following the classic two-door MINI, the MINI Convertible,
and the MINI Clubman.
Larger than the previous models, the Crossover Concept
measures over 4 metres long. Other major differences include
the four-wheel-drive system and four doors.
The MINI Crossover Concept is not a four-door in the classic
sense, as is clearly expressed by the asymmetric arrangement
of the doors in the Design Study. 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. The differing design of the wheels on either
side of the concept help highlight the asymmetric door
At the rear of the MINI Crossover Concept the clamshell
doors with frameless retractable windows allow for easier
loading and unloading of cargo. Storage capacities can
be increased even further by a transport case fitted outside
on the rear door, and a luggage rack on the roof.
The MINI Crossover Concept features a folding roof extending
the entire length of the passenger compartment, 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'
Inside the MINI Crossover Concept are four single seats
which are all similarly contoured. Also apparent is the
unconventional "MINI Center Globe". This three-dimensional
display shows information and entertainment options, the
car's speed is displayed on the outer edge of the Center
To clearly, flexibly and legibly present all information
at all times, the MINI Center Globe comes with ultramodern
laser projection technology. With its unique optical features,
the laser projector allows simultaneous presentation of
pictures on various levels, with a varying focus and in
The MINI Crossover Concept is also able to optically separate
the MINI Centre Globe into two hemispheres. These adjustable,
moving hemispheres then enable the driver and front passenger
to present and view different pictures recognizable only
from their individual perspective. In other words, the
front passenger may for example surf the net while the
driver maintains his free view of all displays and instruments.
The driver and/or front passenger operate the MINI Centre
Globe by a touch-sensitive surface, a trackball on the
steering wheel, buttons and slide controls in the lower
section of the MINI Centre Globe, and a keyboard on the
front passenger's side extending at the touch of a button
from the dashboard.
Similar and related vehicles:
MINI Roadster Concept
MINI Coupe Concept
MINI Concept Geneva
MINI ACV 30