The Mini brand name, element of BMW, introduced Tuesday that it’s pushing ahead with what it termed a realignment of its product vary, aimed at a broader assortment of electric powered cars and a stronger focus on China.
To that end, Mini states that it will provide “a completely electrified model family” when also featuring gasoline and diesel engines aimed at markets exactly where “mobility desires are not nonetheless me(t) by all-electrical motor vehicles.”
Which is sounding considerably less ambitious than the approach documented by numerous retailers last 12 months, citing inside resources in indicating Mini prepared to nix all foreseeable future gas engines for the brand and streamline global offerings to a few core EV designs.
Currently, Mini’s electrical-automobile lineup contains the Mini Cooper SE, a design that is fairly minimal in the U.S. by its three-doorway format and 110-mile EPA array.
2020 Mini Cooper SE
With this update, the model stated that the potential EV portfolio will involve a 3-door hatch—perhaps a little something to much more closely evoke the common Mini Cooper—plus a new little-car or truck crossover, and an additional compact crossover. The nevertheless-to-be-detailed little-car or truck crossover will be an exception to Mini’s full-variety approach, completely available in all-electrical type.
Moreover, the future-generation edition of the Mini Countryman will provide a decision concerning interior combustion and all-electric powered versions. Mini notes the Countryman assortment is specifically vital as it would make up about 40% of the brand’s world auto sales.
On the lookout precisely to China, the brand’s joint venture with Good Wall Motor will enable a vary of electric powered Mini versions to be designed there commencing in 2023. That will make it possible for the Mini manufacturer to modify its status from import manufacturer to “locally manufacturing automotive provider,” Mini claims.
What’s lacking from this announcement is a manufacturing focus on for the versions intended for Europe and North America—or even an arrival yr for them.
That probably isn’t an oversight. Anticipate extra market manufacturers like Mini to begin nailing down EV particulars for the U.S. shortly, but not right until immediately after the Presidential election future week.