DETROIT - Mini will build a production version of the Mini Traveller concept, versions of which have been seen in Frankfurt, Tokyo and now Detroit.
A fourth version of the Mini Traveller will be shown at the Geneva auto show next month.
The small wagon will appear in the next three years, says Michael Ganal, member of BMG AG's board of management.
"This is not simply a larger Mini," Ganal says.
"The vehicle has been redesigned from scratch as numerous details and design elements show."
The Mini Concept Detroit is the third update of a vehicle first shown at the Frankfurt auto show in September, increasing storage and rear-seat passenger space from the Mini Cooper.
A second version debuted at the Tokyo show in October.
"Both studies have been met
with overwhelming approval," says Ganal.
Mini would not disclose a price for the vehicle, which takes styling cues from the 1960s Traveller model.
The key element of the Concept Detroit is a larger trunk and a roof rack that can handle sports equipment, including bicycles.
The four-seat car comes with a cargo box in the luggage compartment.
The rear section of the roof opens for loading.
The four seats swivel to the side for easier entry and access to the rear.
The rear seats can be folded flat to increase the luggage compartment.