Details of the MINI Crossover SUV were revealed by MINI insiders. A production model will first be seen in public at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Bosses at MINI have told the folks at InsideLine that the brand's first 4x4 vehicle has been approved for production. According to Dr Wolfgang Armbrecht, Senior Vice President of MINI Brand Management, the MINI Crossover was given the nod only a month after being shown at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. That was thanks in part to positive public feedback. Before then it had been spied testing.
The fourth body style from the current MINI range is able to carry four adult passengers and go over higher obstacles than the hatch and Clubman. The Crossman will be up to 4 metres (157.5 inches) long and feature an interior that uses space innovatively. As per MINI's founding requirement it should still be able to handle like a go-kart as well.
The MINI SUV will be offered as front-wheel-drive first then later a version of BMW's all-wheel-drive system, xDrive. The car will look different from the Paris concept but will retain its MINI character. Driving the wheels will be the usual 1.6-litre petrol engines plus the diesel as well as a possible future 1.6 twin-turbo. However a JCW model is not being considered for the Crossover.
A production-ready example is scheduled to be shown at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The speculated price for a MINI Crossover S is about US$34,000 (€26,000).