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The Mini lineup is preparing for some big expansions, thanks to the upcoming Countryman, but to the future Coupe and Roadster models.

According to Mini’s senior vice president of brand management, Dr. Wolfgang Armbrecht, the family will grow even more, as the Mini Beachcomber concept we saw at the beginning of the year, is being considered for production by BMW officials.

“We will come back to this to see if there is a business basis, as we were overwhelmed by the reaction”, said Dr. Armbrecht. “MINI will never show a concept that won’t make production.”

It seems that the bare-bone concept, which was revealed as a preview for the upcoming Countryman, might be made as a throwback to the original Mini Moke. The production model will no doubt feature some sort of fabric roof, and even removable doors, but the essence of the project is already there, thanks to the Countryman platform.

Don’t expect to ride around in this odd Mini/Jeep combo anytime soon though, as the company wants to give the Countryman ample breathing room, so it might arrive as early as 2012 or 2013. Still, would such a quirky Mini make you interested? Share your thoughts below.


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Big news for Mini fans, as the British company has just unveiled the new Beachcomber concept, which is set to preview the Countryman crossover model that the brand will launch next year.

Influenced by the historical Mini Moke, the new Beachcomber is rather striking to look at and resembles early Jeep Wrangler models due to the pillar-less design. It reflects the future look and seating arrangement of the upcoming Countryman, as well as the ALL4 all-wheel drive system, patented by the British brand.

The Beachcomber is also powered by the turbocharged 1.6-liter engine which will be appearing next year and boasts fabric panels which can be installed to protect its inhabitants from nature’s elements. Besides this, the off-road nature is highlighted by the big ground clearance, as well as the good attack angles and heavy duty tires.

The inside seems similar to other Mini models, but also has a few elements like the rubber floor mats, which remind its inhabitants it is great off road. Expect such a cabin, with more regular elements, to also appear in the final production-ready variant of the Countryman crossover.

Take a look at the pictures in the photo gallery below and share your thoughts about this intriguing concept, which will make its first appearance at the Detroit Auto Show in January, 2010, by leaving a comment.

Photo Gallery: Mini Beachcomber concept


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