mini moke rendering 001

mini moke rendering 001

With the recent reveal of the all-new Mark II Mini Cooper Cabrio, there is speculation once again that the utilitarian Mini Moke could make a return. The original Moke, released back in 1964 and based on the existing Mini model at its time, was designed as a prototype for a light military vehicle.

However, its relatively small stature, low ground-clearance, and miniscule wheels meant that it never saw any action. Instead, the car was developed for public sale as a low-cost recreational vehicle and quickly became popular with beachgoers.

While there are no reports of a new version even being considered by Mini’s current owner, BMW, this computer generated rendering gives us an idea of what a modern version of the Moke could look like. If produced, the rejuvenated model would like share its engine, transmission and interior with the latest Cooper Cabrio. The Moke would never be a full volume model, most likely being finalized by an independent coachbuilder or vehicle customizer.

Differentiating the standard Cabrio and the Moke would likely be a pair of cutaway doors, an easy-clean Spartan interior, and possibly a slightly taller ride-height.