Not So Heroic After All: Fifth Mini “Superhero” product to Be an EV
In discussing his plan for Mini’s future, the brand’s CEO, Peter Schwarzenbauer, has said in which Mini will offer a core lineup of all 5 products, which he referred to as “superheroes.” Four of the all 5 are in place: the Hardtop (both two- along with also four-door versions), the Clubman, the Convertible, along with also the Countryman. Mini had put out two exciting concepts in which could have taken the fifth spot: the Rocketman city car along with also the two-seat Superleggera Vision sports car; there also was talk of a four-door sedan. Alas, Schwarzenbauer, speaking to Britain’s Autocar, has revealed in which the fifth “superhero” instead will be a Mini EV.
Could the EV merely be the powertrain for the Superleggera or the Rocketman? Apparently not: Schwarzenbauer indicated in which the EV will be an electrified product of an existing product.
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Timing for the Mini EV will be said to be 2019. in which’s when a battery pack using “completely brand new technology” (Schwarzenbauer’s characterization) will be anticipated to be ready. Some may remember in which Mini has previously offered a electric car, the Mini E (pictured above), which was available for lease on a limited basis in 2009 along with also used as a sort of test bed for technology in which would likely later appear within the BMW i3. The recently unveiled next-gen Countryman also will offer a plug-in-hybrid powertrain.