(from Mini Press
Release) THE MINI CROSSOVER CONCEPT
The MINI brand is continuing its overwhelming story of success - now
taking a new approach with the MINI Crossover Concept.
This Design Study offers a fascinating outlook at a new facet of the
brand powerfully expressed by a truly innovative body concept - the
fourth body variant, to be precise, following the classic two-door,
the MINI Convertible, and the MINI Clubman.
The MINI Crossover Concept is a new model variant for the first time
measuring more than four metres in length, with four drive wheels,
four doors and four single seats. These features alone place the new
car right in the line of vision of new target groups seeking to
combine the individual style of the brand with enhanced versatility
within the interior and innovative functionality throughout.
A universal, multifunction fastening rail, the MINI Center Rail,
extending between the seats on the centre console of the MINI
Crossover Concept, offers not only offers unconventional storage
options, but also provides a consistent link between the front row
of seats and the rear.
A further highlight within the MINI interior is the innovative
central instrument in three-dimensional finish, the MINI Center
This combined control and display unit formed as a globe featured
for the first time in an automobile worldwide sets new standards for
the integrated control of entertainment, communication, navigation,
and vehicle functions.
The MINI Crossover reflects not only the potential of the MINI model
family in growing further and further to new dimensions, but also
the innovative power of MINI's designers. In this case, the outlook
at an additional MINI concept is enriched by a wide range of visions
expressing a unique driving experience and way of life only a MINI
is able to evoke.
All innovations presented in the MINI Crossover Concept are
conceived to expand that characteristic MINI feeling by yet another
The innovative character of the new car comprises its body design as
well as the drivetrain, the interior and the control concept.
Indeed, offering options and versatility of this kind, the MINI
Crossover Concept opens up new dimensions in mobility also beyond
All-wheel drive - the foundation
for a new MINI feeling.
A new MINI offers more - and does so in unique style every time.
The MINI Crossover
Concept clearly expresses this principle, its all-wheel drive
serving to give the new model an even wider range of practical use
in new areas and a new experience on routes already driven. But in
doing so the MINI Crossover Concept is not limited to the usual
status of a conventional all-wheeler. Rather, to offer its
additional mobility potential even more consistently, the Concept
Car comes with numerous design features making it an all-round
talent for a unique experience in everyday life, for enjoying
leisure time to the utmost, for adventure travels of all kinds and
for travel planning. Hence, the MINI Crossover Concept looks at new
objectives and, at the same time, new target groups.
Four metres in length - more
calibre, more options.
As a consistent
enhancement of the MINI model family, the MINI Crossover Concept
offers new calibre and new format in every respect. This is the
first MINI to measure more than four metres in length. And measuring
1,830 millimetres/72.0" in width as well as 1,598 millimetres/62.9"
in height, the MINI Crossover Concept goes beyond the existing
production models from MINI also in this respect. Wheelbase,
finally, is 2,606 millimetres/102.6", again ensuring an even more
powerful stance on the road.
These exterior dimensions of the Concept Car are a clear symbol of
the quest for additional options in driving the car and in the new,
enhanced driving experience.
The MINI Crossover Concept offers extra space and mobility at the
rear as well as a capacity to transport never seen before in a MINI.
Added to all this, there is enhanced flexibility in splitting up the
interior space, catering for all individual wishes and demands.
Combining its unique design with outstanding agility by no means
restricted to the beaten track alone, the MINI Crossover Concept
holds a unique position within the MINI segment. At the same time it
clearly stands out as a member of the MINI model family through the
appropriate re-interpretation of design elements typical of the
brand. The MINI Crossover Concept thus symbolises the breakthrough
into a new category of vehicles, broadening the appeal of the brand
to an even larger target group.
Four doors - new diversity through
With two doors on each
side of the car, the MINI Crossover Concept offers particularly
comfortable access to the rear. Here again, therefore, the new model
enhances the options and qualities offered so far by the existing
body concepts of the MINI.
But even this is not all: 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. And by
dropping the B-pillar on the driver's side, the MINI Crossover
Concept exhausts the potential of this generous opening to an even
higher degree. Frameless side windows, finally, are yet another
feature of this truly exceptional four-door.
The rear door swivelling to one side, together with its frameless
and retractable rear window, likewise offers an even higher standard
of practical use and most convenient loading conditions. Thanks to
the large opening and the low loading sill, sports equipment and
other, even bulkier objects can be loaded conveniently into the
luggage space offering even larger capacity when required by
lowering the individually folding rear seats completely into the
floor of the car with the help of a parallelogram kinematic
Storage capacities may then be increased even further by a transport
case fitted outside on the rear door. And last but certainly not
least, the roof rail system available on the MINI Crossover Concept
is simply ideal for fitting ski, snowboard and bicycle carriers as
well as transport boxes of all sizes.
The roof structure of the MINI Crossover Concept offers further
options in enhancing everyday driving qualities and leisure-time
enjoyment. As a folding roof cover extending throughout the entire
length of the roof, 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'
The opening at the rear also serves to accommodate extremely long
objects transported in the car, ranging from a surfboard all the way
to cross-country skis. So even in this case, transporting anything
the driver wishes to take along is easy and convenient.
Four single seats - for maximum
comfort inside the MINI.
The MINI Crossover
Concept stands out not only as an unconventional, but rather as a
truly exceptional four-seater. The single seats at the rear, to
mention perhaps the most significant highlight, come in the same
contours as the driver's and front passenger's seats and are
adjustable by 13 centimetres or 5.1" fore-and-aft. So depending on
individual requirements, the rear seats offer either lounge-like
legroom or additional storage capacity in the rear compartment.
The MINI Center Globe - a new
vision of the central instrument of the future.
Featuring their round
Central Display right in the middle of the dashboard, the current
MINIs already boast an interior design feature quite unique and
unmistakable in its look. Indeed, this multi-function display serves
to conveniently control all major entertainment, telecommunication
and navigation functions, providing the speedometer function around
its outer circumference.
Now the MINI Crossover Concept introduces the consistent enhancement
of this display and control concept: the MINI Center Globe. For the
first time, therefore, the central display and control unit is
designed in this Concept Study as a globe. This three-dimensional
layout allows even more consistent integration of functions and the
appropriate presentation of information and entertainment options.
In addition to the vertical and horizontal display features
currently available, the new instrument adds a further,
three-dimensional element with displays stratified on various levels
and highlighted to a greater or lesser degree, depending on the
driver's and front passenger's requirements. The current speed of
the car, finally, is shown as before in typical MINI style on the
display round the edge.
To clearly, flexibly and legibly present all information at all
times, the MINI Center Globe comes with ultra-modern 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 powerful colours.
Benefiting from this technology never seen before in an automobile
worldwide, the MINI Crossover Concept is also able to optically
separate the MINI Center Globe into two hemispheres. These
adjustable, moving hemispheres then enable the driver and front
passenger to present and view different pictures recognisable 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.
To provide this special effect, the hemisphere facing the front
passenger closes down from the other side and acts as a projection
surface presenting the pictures required.
The MINI Center Globe presented in this Design Study already shows
today what options are conceivable in terms of navigation,
communication and entertainment in the car of the future, using
innovative technologies of this outstanding calibre.
The driver and/or front passenger operate the MINI Center Globe by a
touch-sensitive surface, a trackball on the steering wheel, buttons
and slide controls in the lower section of the MINI Center Globe,
and a keyboard on the front passenger's side extending at the touch
of a button from the dashboard.
Such versatile and flexible use of the MINI Center Globe gives this
new control unit the character of an innovative travel companion
adjusting at all times to the individual wishes of the driver and
front passenger and helping them enjoy mobility in a new dimension
wherever they go.
The MINI Center Globe is additionally linked to the starter system
for the engine. Instead of a conventional key, the driver uses a
start/stop unit referred to as the Keyball.
To start the car, all the driver has to do is insert the Keyball on
the MINI Crossover into the appropriate opening in the upper edge of
the MINI Center Globe. The Keyball then rolling towards the driver
along the middle of the MINI Center Globe. In this position the
driver is able to press the Keyball in order to start the engine.
Pressing the Keyball again, in turn, he switches off the engine and
the Keyball rolls down into its housing bay from where the driver
can conveniently remove the ball.
The MINI Center Rail - a perfect connection bringing the MINI team
front and rear together.
Instead of a conventional centre consol, the MINI Crossover Concept
comes with a fastening rail referred to as the MINI Center Rail and
extending from the dashboard all the way to the tailgate of the car.
This is indeed the connecting unit between the front and the rear
Holders for entertainment and telecommunication devices, cupholders,
storage units and boxes may be conveniently attached to this rail
and subsequently pushed forward or backward along the entire length
of the car.
A special fastening system developed specifically for MINI serves to
attach individual items to the Center Rail, for example an external
music player and other devices, storage boxes and holders for
sunglasses, gloves, tickets for parking, coins, writing utensils or
a travel guide, as well as all other kinds of holders and supports.
An armrest with an integrated storage box, to mention another
example, may be attached both at the front and at the rear.
The Center Rail also facilitates the common use of storage boxes and
devices and makes it much easier to pass on food and drinks to the
rear-seat passengers while driving.
In the MINI Crossover Concept this pleasure of enjoying all the
benefits of motoring together is symbolised by a special collection
of dishes and cups made of unique porcelain created specifically for
the new Concept Car.
Four sophisticated materials for a
truly exclusive ambience.
Such use of top-quality
porcelain highlights the exclusive lifestyle character borne out in
the MINI Crossover Concept also in conjunction with three further,
particularly exclusive materials in the interior: Around the
instrument panel genuine wood trim extends across the entire width
of the car. The armrests on the doors and the inlays in the
footwells, in turn, are made of massive lime wood. Inlays made of
specially hardened, lagoon-blue glass, in turn, highlight the door
linings as well as the surrounds on the air vents.
Like the door closing handles on the front passenger's side, the
MINI Center Rail is made of massive, matt-polished aluminium.
Looking at the appropriate colours for the interior, in turn, the
designers opted for natural, authentic shades, the Dark Green
leather on the driver's seat standing out clearly from the Coffee
Brown leather on the other seats. The remaining cloth surfaces are
finished in Light Grey and Light Brown, with a soft rubber cover
adorned by wood inlays in the footwells.