Mini Moke may get OK for comeback
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.
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