New generation of the MINI: debut in 2023, also in electric version

New generation of the MINI: debut in 2023, also in electric version

New generation of the MINI

Finally, it is possible to get a first glimpse of the new generation of the three-door MINI, whose debut is scheduled for 2023. The British manufacturer has in fact unveiled some images which, however, only show some aspects of the prototype. Therefore, despite the photos of the new electric version of the MINI appear camouflaged, it is possible to perceive that, both the lines and the proportions, will resume those of the model now in circulation. However, almost certainly, changes will be made in terms of design that will affect the front of the vehicle, without changing its appearance. Indeed, it is very important for the MINI house to maintain the style that has always distinguished the brand.

At least until now, no details or information concerning the interior of the new MINI have been revealed, although it is expected that the English manufacturer intervenes with some innovations, mainly at the level of technology. In fact, by scrutinizing the disclosed images very carefully, it is possible to note that the interiors should be characterized by the presence of a display - installed in the central part, at the top - dedicated to infotainment. However, to find out more about it, it will be necessary to wait for the official news from the English manufacturer.

It seems not to be excluded, moreover, that the new generation MINI may also be available in a 5-door version. As well as, even if the official status is still missing, there could be a convertible version. Furthermore, enthusiasts would certainly like to witness the debut of the new John Cooper Works sports variant, equipped with an internal combustion engine that could close the circle of the brand's vehicles with this engine since - it should be remembered - that from 2030 MINI will only launch on the market electric models. Although nothing is confirmed yet, the sportier version with electric powertrain will not be missing. In any case, it would seem that the electric MINI shown in the images will be equipped with a battery with more capacity, which is why it should guarantee greater autonomy.

MINI Teases New 2023 Hatch, Confirms Next Countryman And EV Crossover

MINI is moving fast into the electric era with three officially confirmed new model debuts in the following years before becoming an all-electric brand in the early 2030s. Both the new-generation MINI Hatch and the successor of the Countryman in the premium compact segment will debut in 2023, followed by another fully-electric crossover in the small segment.

Starting with the MINI Hatch which has always been the core model of the brand, the all-new generation will be available in both ICE-powered and BEV variants. MINI said that “cars with highly efficient petrol and diesel engines will continue to be an ideal solution in future for target groups and regions where the mobility requirements are not met or not yet met with all-electric drivetrains”, thus keeping the ICE alive for a few more years.

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Official pictures of a camouflaged prototype show an evolutionary styling approach similar to the previous three generations from the 2001 reboot. The new MINI stays true to the three-door bodystyle with similar proportions to its predecessors. It appears smaller than before with enlarged headlights, shorter overhangs, large-diameter wheels, and the signature greenhouse.

Despite being fully electric as hinted by the stickers on the doors, the model keeps the characteristic bonnet scoop and the large grille which is mostly covered. Despite the camo, at the back we can see a roof-mounted spoiler and new taillights. We don’t have pictures of the interior but we expect a minimalist styling approach similar to the MINI STRIP by Paul Smith concept car with clever use of colors and a leather-free upholstery.

The MINI Hatch which will be produced in Oxford, UK, is expected to ride on a shortened version of the evolved FAAR platform that is set to underpin various BMW Group models including the 1-Series, 2-Series Active Tourer, X1, X2, and Countryman.

Speaking of the Countryman, MINI officially confirmed its successor as a crossover in the premium compact segment that will be available with both electrified and conventional powertrains. It will be built in BMW Group Plant Leipzig in Germany, alongside the BMW X1/X2 siblings. The model that is set to grow in size, will implement “creative solutions” in terms of space, comfort, and increased variability inspired by the MINI Vision Urbanaut concept.

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Last but not least, the British brand is also developing a smaller, fully electric crossover. This model will be manufactured at a “newly constructed automobile plant” in China starting from 2023 as with all “new models of the small-car segment developed for e-mobility”. When it arrives in the market it could rival the upcoming Smart electric crossover, and other future electric B-SUVs.

MINI has confirmed it will present its last new ICE-powered model in 2025. The goal is for electric vehicles to make up 50 percent of MINI’s global sales by 2027, before becoming an all-electric brand at the beginning of the 2030s. The electrification will also affect the John Cooper Works sub-brand since MINI is already working on electric JCW concepts.


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