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Mini unveiled a new crossover concept at last year’s Paris Auto Show and within just four weeks after its debut the vehicle was given the green light for production. Numerous prototypes have since been spotted testing across Europe but it appears development of the vehicle has been delayed.
The vehicle was originally slated for a debut at next month’s Frankfurt Auto Show but according to a new report BMW has delayed its unveiling until next year.
A Mini spokesman told media in the U.S.: “The crossover launch has been pushed back as we wish to first explore differentiation within future Mini smaller models and get feedback.”
As for the crossover, it will be a true 4x4 and will be able to seat four-passengers. It will stretch four meters in length but at the same time it will retain Mini’s ‘go-kart drive quality’.
The first versions will be available in front-wheel-drive only, with a BMW Xdrive-derived al-wheel-drive model set to go on sale soon after the initial launch. Both vehicles will be built by independent vehicle manufacturer Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria.
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