We've learned we'll be seeing an all-new Mini concept at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but the question remains: What is it?
The folks at Motoring File suggest the vehicle in question may be a reincarnation of some form of the Mini Moke, the stripped-down beach buggy built upon the original BMC Mini's mechanicals in the '60s. While not practical for off-roading in the least, it did maintain quite a cult following.
Although we'd be surprised if the Moke formula were to re-appear in a modern car (modern standards do call for some semblance of a crash structure, after all), we could possibly see a mixture of Moke cues with the forthcoming Mini crossover, code-named R60. Few details have emerged on the production R60, but at this year's Los Angeles auto show, executives said the R60 would launch in the third quarter of 2010.
We should hopefully be learning more about this Detroit show car before then, so stay with Automobile Magazine for the latest on the mysterious Mini and other news surrounding the 2010 Detroit auto show.
Source: Motoring File