Ever since its debut at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, we’ve heard very little about the Mini Crossover Concept. According to the head of Mini brand management Wolfgang Armbrecht, the automaker approved the production version of the Crossover Concept just four weeks after its Paris debut.
The production version of the Mini Crossover will make its debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show in September with a few changes. Of course the car’s fancy interior will be gone. Mini design boss Marcus Syring says that the production model “will look very much like a Mini SUV needs to look.”
Power will come from a variety of 4-cylinder engines and Mini says that a twin-turbocharged 1.6L engine could become an option in the future for an ‘S’ version. Europeans will get diesel options capable of up to 45 mpg but North American will miss out as usual.
Armbrecht said that the Mini Crossover will launch first as a front-wheel-drive model with an optional BMW X-drive going on sale later. Both will be build by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria with prices starting about $29,000.
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Source: Inside Line