MINI's plans to put its Beachcomber concept into production have reportedly come undone.
According to reports in the UK this week, safety and regulatory testing called for additional bracing along the Beachcomber's sides - a requirement that would apparently compromise the 'Aussie Mini Moke-inspired' (at a bit of a stretch) car's styling.
Earlier reports claimed that while the Beachcomber had been confirmed for production, significant internal debate left doubts over whether the new model would debut as a concept-true recreational vehicle, or as a three-door offroad sports coupe (such as the newer Paceman concept).
Built as a preview for the MINI Countryman (due in Australia early this year), the Beachcomber Concept features the ALL4 all-wheel-drive system used in the Countryman, along with a number of its styling elements.
Cancellation of the Beachcomber won't leave MINI short of options for expanding its range, however. The BMW-owned British brand is believed to be working on production versions of its Roadster and Coupe concepts, and this year's Paceman concept opens yet more doors for the company.