If the MINI Cooper is too small for you and your response to the stretched Clubman version was "nice try," MINI is preparing to take another shot at winning your business that will look something like the
Crossover Concept pictured here. All-wheel drive is sure to carryover to the production version, but we're not holding our breaths for the concept's left-side rear sliding door (the passenger side has two hinged doors) or the other-worldly MINI Center Globe that the company describes as a central display and control unit that "sets new standards for the integrated control of entertainment, communication, navigation, and vehicle functions." We would like to see the sliding, fold-flat rear seats find their way to the road, and we're at least intrigued by the MINI Center Rail; a track system that runs from between the front seats to between the back seats and serves as an anchor point for modular arm rests, storage bins and drink holders, for example. No word on power or fuel economy at this point, but we don't expect to see the big MINI until calendar year 2010.