MINI company spoke about new modelsNovember 12, 2020
The brand will radically change the lineup and get rid of hybrids
MINI is going to radically change the lineup, according to AutoExpress. The MINI Cooper will be replaced by a new compact hatchback, the Countryman will grow in size, and the electric crossover will get the niche between them. At the same time, the brand may ditch the unpopular Convertible and Clubman models and remove plug-in hybrids from the lineup.
The goal of this change is to remain competitive in the fast-growing green car market and ultimately become an all-electric brand. However, in the near future, the brand does not plan to completely abandon the internal combustion engine.
According to the head of the company Bernd Körber, the development plan for the new generation MINI is 80 percent complete. The first of three key models of the brand will see the light in 2023 – it will be a small three-door hatchback, which will be offered with an all-electric installation and with gasoline engines. About the possible return of the “Cooper” that has grown over the years to the classic dimensions, Kerber spoke last year. According to him, he would like to make the hatchback “as small as possible.”
The electric version of the model will go global and enter the assembly line of the MINI and Great Wall joint venture in China. The gasoline will receive the same dimensions and brand-specific design, but will be assembled at the Oxford plant on the BMW platform.
The three-door hatchback will be followed by a completely new model – a crossover with an uncontested electric power plant. The model, with which MINI will enter the increasingly popular green crossover segment, is slated to arrive in 2024. The basis for the novelty will be the same Great Wall platform as for the hatchback. The assembly will be established in China.
The Countryman, which is the largest MINI car, is expanding even further in the new generation. According to Körber, the Countryman will come close to the size of the 4.4-meter BMW X1, but retain “MINI proportions.” The current “five-door” reaches a length of 4299 millimeters.
The engine range of the new “Countryman” will also include completely “green” installations and gasoline engines, however, unlike the hatchback, the model will have a single BMW base. Hybrid versions will be excluded from the palette – according to Körber, they will not be able to compete with electric cars with a range of more than 400 kilometers.
The fate of the Clubman and the Convertible has not yet been decided, but the head of the brand hopes that it will be possible to extend the life of the “important for the brand” open model for at least one more generation. In August, it was reported that the “two-door” could leave the assembly line in 2024 after almost 20 years of production. The reason is poor sales figures: last year MINI managed to sell just over four thousand convertibles in the United States. This is 25 percent less than a year earlier.
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