Moving against everything the brand was originally meant to stand for, Mini is set to unveil an SUV concept at the Paris Motor Show next month.
More than four metres in length and 1.6 metres high, the ‘Crossover Concept’ maintains the usual Mini styling cues, only in a bigger, bolder way.
And as for the doors, it seems the designers couldn’t make their minds up.
The Crossover Concept has two regular doors on the passenger side, but only one on the driver’s side – for the driver. The one behind the driver slides instead, to allow access in tight spaces.
Entry to the boot is via a single, sideways opening door, with a frameless retractable window.
Mini claims the extra length of the Crossover Concept allows for even greater personalisation.
The concept features an innovative central beam called the Mini Centre Rail – which can be customised with clip-on cup holders, storage items, and entertainment systems – and something called the Mini Centre Globe.
The Centre Globe doubles as the starting system, but is otherwise a split screen, globe-shaped infotainment centre with a touch sensitive 3D display surface. Not something we’ll be seeing on the road anytime soon.
A full production Mini SUV is expected soon, perhaps as early as next year.
You can find out more about the Mini – including user reviews, prices and specs – in the Which? Car Buying Guide.