As we get closer to the Detroit Auto Show, plans continue to come into focus on MINI’s latest concept car. As we reported last August (and again in October), MINI will be releasing a R60 based “Moke” concept that could foreshadow a coming production version.
The Moke will have a more rugged off-road like appearance and will feature MINI’s upcoming ALL4 AWD system that will be optional on the R60 Countryman. The concept, if well received, could go into production as soon as 2012/2013 with the drivetrain and most of the interior being carried over from the R60.
One way to think of the Moke would be to look at how MINI has leveraged the R57 platform for the CoupÃ© and Roadster models. The Moke will be made to look more authentic and off-road capable the same way the CoupÃ© was made more capable on-road. Like original Moke, look for a stripped down interior with some type of open top aspect to it.
As always we’ll be updating with more details as we get them on MINI’s next concept.