As It at present stands, MINI has seven fashions. Only A Few of which can be in fact mini. The Remainder are in fact kind of huge, which has all the time puzzled me just a little.
For next yr, MINI has an all-new Cooper planned based upon an all-new chassis. The First new MINI, the Cooper, received’t be very massive, however – from there – MINI will most effective go bigger.
That new platform underpinning the subsequent-gen MINIs, known as ULK (abbreviation for “Unter Klasse”), is shared with the brand new entry-degree, entrance-wheel drive BMWs. Not Like Bimmer, although, MINI goes to get its cash price from the platform, planning as many as 10 versions of the new architecture.
What all may these be? We’re not certain. Maybe an amphibious variant? We Will only hope.
No, it’s prone to be a bunch extra bulbous MINI 4-door thingies. One Of Those rotund MINIs, intriguingly, shall be a plug-in hybrid.
In an interview with Automobile News Europe, Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW’s board member in charge of Mini, mentioned, “There will probably be electrification within the Mini model, including a plug-in hybrid for sure. We’re nonetheless investigating pure EVs.”
We’re no longer positive why MINI would go plug-in hybrid, though, as its new three-cylinder engine can be both peppy and gas-frugal. A turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder gas engine producing 134 horsepower and One Hundred Seventy pound-feet of torque will energy the base unit. The extra highly effective choice is a turbo 2.0-liter four that makes 189 hp and 221 lb-feet.
Why add all that weight and complexity to somewhat car? It’s past me.
If individuals will purchase them, although, MINI will construct them – even if they don’t really make a lot sense.