Speaking to the publication, Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management of Mini, had said: “The interest was tremendous when we showed this concept car. We are now working hard to get it on the street. It’s an economically challenging project and there is no firm decision, but we have a lot of people here that are fighting for it. I think it would be extremely good for the brand”.
Engine options should be petrol-only, with displacement ranging from 1.5- to 2.0-litre. The report speculates that diesel engines too will be offered, and so would a John Cooper Works variant.
According to the report, the Mini roadster will be underpinned by the BMW Group’s UKL platform and is planned to be a front-wheel drive vehicle. Four-wheel drive could be offered on high performance variants, John Cooper Works being a possibility. Its closest rival Mazda MX-5, has a rear-wheel drive layout.
The UKL platform forming the basis suggests that the forthcoming roadster may be built at Mini’s Cowley plant in the UK.
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