BMW is planning a new entry level model for its Mini brand – dubbed the ‘Mini Minor’ – which could be co-developed in partnership with Toyota, says a new report from Car Magazine.
The mini car is likely to be inspired from the Mini Rocketman concept car which was unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. BMW sources have confirmed the concept car for production, as per a report released in October 2014 by MotoringFile. The same report also mentions that the production version will be developed based on a existing chassis from a partner automaker.
The entry-level hatchback will be priced between £9000-£10,000, (€12,500 to €13,500), as per the report, and will launch in 2018/2019.
The Car Magazine report suggests that the new city car is likely to be based on a new platform jointly developed by BMW and Toyota. Toyota would use this platform for its next-generation iQ, and it will be compatible with electric powertrains and will be capable of being built in Mini’s Plant Oxford in the UK. The new mini car would compete directly with the Daimler-owned Smart’s ForTwo and maybe with the ForFour as well.