According to a report on Autocar, Mini is looking to introduce a new model that could be based on the Rocketman Concept. Peter Schwarzenbauer, member of the board of management, said that Mini is to have five “Superhero models”. The current line-up comprises of the Mini hatchback, Clubman, Cabriolet and Countryman.
It is rumoured that for the fifth model BMW and Toyota have jointly been working on a city platform to commercialize the Rocketman Concept, unveiled in 2011. The joint development of the car based on the existing platform would allow keeping the cost low.
The Rocketman could be built on the next generation Toyota iQ featuring the 1.5L three cylinder engine from BMW. The report also suggests that a mini Traveller MPV based on the BMW 2 Series has been developed, and may come instead.
It is believed by Autocar that Mini is looking to introduce a coupe like SUV based on the new Countryman, while a high performance Clubman with a 300 bhp Turbocharged four cylinder engine is planned to take on the Volkswagen Golf R estate.
The Countryman, when it moves to the next generation, is also expected to get a genuine off-road version. A plug-in hybrid version of the Clubman with a small electric motor in the rear axle that provides assistance while accelerating with the transmission from the 2 Series Active Tourer eDrive, may be featured.
[Source – Autocar UK]