BMW ponders Mini Moke rebirth

BMW is working on plans to rejuvenate the Mini Moke name with a production version of the Beachcomber concept unveiled last year.

The car was originally shown at the Detroit motor show as preview of the Countryman (both models share the same platform) but now it appears that Mini has two designs for a potential road-going version.

According to Autocar, one version is based on the concept car and is already known as the Moke within BMW, while the other is three-door model tentatively named the Canyon Coupe.

The five-door Mini Moke would capitalise on the Beachcomber's pillarless design by making the rear doors rear hinged – a feature already partly explored on the current Clubman.

The production version would inherit the concept's chunky styling and raised ride height, and adopt some of the original's open-to-the-elements feel by including lift out roof panels.

In contrast to the full-sized Moke, the Canyon Coupe would be a modern day beach car based on a chopped down Countryman platform and feature a conventional three-door layout.

Expect BMW to come to a decision about the Moke's future early next year.
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