MINI to replace 5-door hatch with mini electric hatch

Electrification will bring major changes to the MINI range, with a new and confirmed small electric crossover already to bridge the gap between the three-door MINI Hatch EV and the next-generation MINI Countryman while serving as an indirect replacement for both five models. – Bab Hatch and Clubman.

The fact that the Countryman has grown in size with each generation has created space in the MINI lineup for a smaller crossover. In fact, the upcoming Countryman – due to be revealed this year in both all-electric and electric powered variants – will be 200 mm (7.5-8.0 in) longer than the model it replaces. Its large footprint will make it more suitable for families. MINI can’t give up on this highly popular segment, so the entire new model line is getting closer to our supposed route before the end of the year.

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Autocar reports that the new crossover will likely come with a more radical design compared to the rest of the retro-flavored range. This would go well with the younger demographic of young crossover buyers, breathing new life into the MINI design language.

As a high-riding model based on a custom electric vehicle architecture, we also expect it to offer good practicality for its size. In terms of competitors, it could compete with the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense, Peugeot e-2008, the upcoming Alfa Romeo Brennero, and its brother Jeep EV, but also with the slightly larger #1 smart model.

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The MINI Clubman hatchback/compact estate and the five-door MINI Hatch stand a good chance of not having an electric successor like the rest of the group.

The all-new MINI Hatch EV is only three-door, and while the ICE-powered Hatch/Cabrio combination will get another facelift to stay relevant for a few more years, it will be discontinued before the end of the decade when MINI becomes an electric-only brand.

From 2023, the unnamed crossover will be built in China by Spotlight Automotive, a joint venture of BMW Group and Great Wall Motor, along with the new Mini Hatch EV. With the unveiling in late 2022, we expect to learn more about the latest addition to the MINI range in the coming months while we wouldn’t be surprised if we came across spy footage of prototypes during development.

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