We’re just a few weeks away from the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and we’re starting to get our first glimpses of what the manufacturers will be showing off at the show. In the case of MINI, it’s the wacky Beachcomber Concept which appears to be half Jeep, half Cooper. MINI has fitted the Beachcomber Concept with an off-road suspension and tires which they say is “ideal for a spontaneous and active experience.” We’re not exactly sure what that really means, but we do know that the Beachcomber Concept features a new all-wheel drive system called ALL4, which we’re sure will make its way down through the rest of MINI’s lineup. MINI doesn’t go into a great deal of detail about the rest of the Beachcomber Concept’s features other than the vehicle was designed without doors or a conventional roof since they “limit the intensity of the occupant’s encounter with their surrounding world.”
We’re not sure who gets paid to write these press releases, but we are sure that the MINI Beachcomber Concept is one ugly looking vehicle. Look for the crack S:S:L team of Jack Baruth, Suzanne Denbow, Zerin Dube, Byron Hurd, and Carl Modesette to be bringing you photos and coverage live from the 2010 NAIAS floor starting January 11th.
Check out the full gallery of MINI Beachcomber Concept photos after the jump.