A host of new vehicles are coming soon.
Late last year, we reported on Mini's plans to go all-in on electric propulsion. It makes sense for a brand obsessed with small city cars, and the British automaker has shown that it knows how to make EVs cool too, unveiling an electric safety car. Then last week, rumors of yet another electric Mini reached us. But this is just the start.
A report from Autocar has shone light on just how much the automaker's range of EVs is set to grow, and it seems that the range will be quite diverse and will appeal to all sorts of buyers, no matter what size of vehicle you're interested in.
Sometime between the end of 2022 and 2025, Mini is expected to launch a small three-door EV measuring just 138 inches in length. This will be joined by a bigger version of the Countryman crossover as well as a long-range electric MPV, with both of these models expected to be around 177 inches in length.
The Cooper Hardtop will be replaced too, as will the convertible and the Clubman variants of the Cooper. We can also expect a less extreme-looking version of that aforementioned safety car as a JCW pure-electric hot hatch. These things are all expected though, but the interesting news in the report is that the Minor name is expected to make a comeback.
This model will be built in China on an all-new platform that has been developed by BMW and Great Wall. We expect that this new model will be powered by new electric powertrain units, codenamed 'Heat', currently being developed by BMW. These units use a new kind of water-cooled motor and a single-speed transmission in a single module that fits in the same space that a normal internal combustion engine would take up.
No technical specifics of this new Mini Minor have been revealed yet, but the car is expected to produce around 135 horsepower and offer a maximum range of around 170 miles, which is supposedly enough for a work week's worth of use. More importantly for many, the design of the new range of Mini EVs is expected to recapture the simplicity of the Minis of old with a shorter front overhang, flatter doors, and a traditional hood rather than a clamshell. Mini design boss Oliver Heilmer has more good news for Mini fans, saying that he wants "each model to be the smallest in the segment, or visually the smallest." Is smaller better for the brand, or would bigger Minis help the brand become more competitive? Only time will tell.