Partially based on the Clubman and the upcoming BMW X1 (five lug wheels and all), the new MINI Crossover will boast one feature never seen before on a production MINI; all-wheel drive. And now we have an exclusive first look at the system – perhaps the only thing in the photos that will remain relatively unchanged for production. Along with that we also have a few shots of the car while undergoing various drivetrain testing.

In the photos we see the same Clubman based mule that has been spotted around Munich for over six months now. But don’t let that fool you. While the final shape of the crossover may be similar to the Clubman, the vehicle will ultimately be slightly larger, taller and wider. It will boast a number of new styling details and (most importantly) two full size rear doors.

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