The upcoming Mini EV and Mini ICE hatchbacks will probably be based mostly on fully totally different platforms.
BMW is readying an all-new Mini line-up, which incorporates an all-electric vary based mostly on the next-gen Mini that is to be revealed in round 18 months, in response to our sister publication, Autocar UK.
Whereas the combustion-engined line-up of the following Mini hatchback – due internationally by second half of this 12 months as a 2023 mannequin – will probably be inbuilt Oxford, UK, the electrical model is about to be made by BMW’s Chinese language three way partnership accomplice Nice Wall Motors.
- Subsequent-gen Mini EV to have atleast two physique types
- Will likely be proven in round 18 months from now
- Complete line-up will shed some conventional design cues
Subsequent-gen Mini: platform, EV powertrain particulars
The brand new electrical Mini could have a three-door mannequin as normal, making it the perfect foundation for a convertible. The wheelbase of this three-door structure can be 40mm longer than the outgoing mannequin, which ought to enhance the journey in addition to noticeably improve house within the rear. This stretch additionally implies that any manufacturing Mini Convertible would have a considerably larger battery than the one-off prototype that Mini is testing proper now. The EV platform has allowed the present Mini’s lengthy entrance overhang to be considerably decreased whereas passing future crash assessments.
The longer term electrical convertible could have a much bigger battery, with the equal Cooper mannequin getting a 40kWh battery. Any Cooper S convertible may get a battery as massive as 50kWh and a real-world vary of 400-plus km, in addition to very robust efficiency.
Subsequent-gen Mini to drop some acquainted styling cues
So far as styling goes, a variety of the basic Mini design cues will be dropped on the next-generation mannequin, together with the clamshell bonnet that has featured since BMW relaunched the model in 2001. The massive bonnet urgent was costly to provide as nicely necessitating the inclusion of the substantial chrome rings across the Mini’s headlights, that are a vital a part of the lamp-bonnet alignment set-up. Mini says the elimination of the clamshell bonnet not solely saves cash and accelerates building time, nevertheless it additionally permits the chrome headlight bezels to be ditched.
The bezels across the tail lamps can even be dropped for the fourth-generation design, as will the distinctive separate panel in entrance of the Mini’s entrance doorways.
Though the three-door Mini EV and Mini ICE hatchbacks are based mostly on fully totally different architectures, they are going to each share the stripped-back inside that has been developed underneath Heilmer. Sources say the Mini’s round speedo will survive as a touchscreen and different switchgear will probably be considerably decreased, together with the axing of the BMW-style round controller.
BMW and Mini EV line-up in India
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