Last week we heard rumors that MINI was to show a production version of the upcoming MINI cross-over in Paris. That was at odds with our sources who were telling us that the car would actually be a lightly disguised concept rather than a final look at the new car. Today Automotive News Europe has confirmed what we’ve been reporting. Here’s an excerpt:
>A source familiar with the process said that an early concept of the X1 would be shown as well as a near-to-production version of the Mini SUV.
>The source said that the cars would share engines with existing 1 series and Mini models.
>”The X1 will use the two highest spec gasoline and the two highest spec diesel engines from the 1 series. The Mini will use the engines from the Cooper S and the Cooper D,” the source said.
The R60 (as it’s internally code-named) will make it’s public debut in 2010 and go on sale later that fall as a 2011 model. As we’ve previously reported, the Magna Steyr built cross-over will have four standard doors and be based on both the Clubman and the upcoming BMW X1 cross-over. And for the first time look for AWD to make an appearance on a MINI. You can read much more on the car in the MotoringFile R60 section.
We’ll also have more information on engines (that will undoubtedly raise some eye-brows) in the near future.
+ BMW will show X1 and Mini SUV concepts in Paris / Automotive News Europe