Mini Moke may get OK for come­back

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Moke was a great idea at the time.

It ap­pears that BMW may have no­ticed this, as its so-called Beach­comber con­cept car, due to be seen by the world for the first time at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show dis­plays all the vis­ual fea­tures that made the orig­i­nal Moke such an en­gag­ing idea.

Like the Moke, the Beach­comber Con­cept can do without doors, a con­ven­tional roof and other body el­e­ments but has all-wheel drive mod­ern sus­pen­sion tech­nol­ogy, nu­mer­ous body el­e­ments serv­ing to make the car ex­tra-strong and ro­bust, as well as an el­e­vated seat­ing po­si­tion.

When ad­verse weather con­di­tions dic­tate it, a soft roof and light­weight door el­e­ments can be at­tached quickly.

Sin­gle seats at the rear ad­just­ing fore-andaft as re­quired and with back­rests fold­ing down com­pletely, of­fer the pas­sen­gers a good stan­dard of tour­ing com­fort, and al­low bulky sports equip- ment such as moun­tain bikes or wake­boards to be se­curely held in po­si­tion by spe­cial fas­ten­ing sys­tems.

The Beach­comber’s ‘All4’ drive sys­tem is taken from the up­com­ing 4x4 Coun­try­man model’s set-up. Be­ing based on that car, we can safely as­sume that the Beach­comber’s en­gine se­lec­tion will be sim­i­lar too, with 1.6-litre nor­mally as­pi­rated and tur­bocharged petrol en­gines and a tur­bod­iesel unit also in the man­i­fest.

BMW Mini says that if its take on the old Moke is re­ceived favourably in Detroit, then a pro­duc­tion ver­sion of the car could hit the streets by late 2012. Let’s just hope they don’t call it a Beach­comber.

Moke’s O .

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