After the first electric Mini, the British brand is preparing two next models, “crossovers” produced in China from 2023.
In the electric car segment, BMW had drawn in 2013 with the very avant-garde i3. However, the Mini subsidiary had to wait a long time before counting such a model in the catalog. The brand only offered its electric 3-door in 2019, under the name Cooper SE. For the rest of the range, we will still have to wait.
An electric Countryman and a little brother
In 2020, a pivotal year for the electric automobile and CO2 levels, Mini had nothing new. Only the Countryman plug-in hybrid (Cooper SE) received a restyling, without changing its technical part.
It won’t be in 2021 or 2022, but in 2023 that a second Mini electric car will land. It will be “a crossover in the city car segment” according to the manufacturer, confirming information published in June. Concretely, it will be taller, longer and wider than a traditional Mini, certainly 5 doors, why not in the spirit of a DS 3 Crossback E-Tense. If the wait is long, a second “compact crossover” vehicle is on the program to support the Countryman. The latter will survive in its next generation in thermal engines and “an electrified powertrain” (therefore hybrid, certainly rechargeable). Both of these models are expected to be produced in China, as is the BMW iX3, through the local joint venture with Great Wall Motor.
Finally, there is no question of a “mini Mini”. Since the Rocketman concept of 2011, the rumor has not abated, but the British brand is not talking about a new entry-level electric model. Pity.
Would you have liked a real little Mini with an electric motor?