Mini has confirmed some of its future model plans, with all-electric versions of the next-generation 3-Door Hatch and Countryman small SUV at the core alongside a new light SUV with zero tailpipe emissions.
Following parent company BMW Group’s lead, Mini will offer buyers the ‘power of choice’, with “highly efficient” petrol and diesel engines to remain available alongside plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and all-electric powertrains.
However, while the upcoming 3-Door Hatch and Countryman will have all four options, the new light SUV won’t, as it will be exclusively powered by an all-electric powertrain. In fact, it will be based on a dedicated zero-tailpipe-emissions platform.
“The ongoing development of the Mini product range provides the opportunity to meet the increased demands of many customers – in terms of space and versatility – with an additional model for the premium compact segment,” the brand said in a press release.
“The new car promises creative use of interior space, exciting drive and Mini’s signature individuality, with a target to achieve these goals on the smallest footprint amongst its competitors.”
The aforementioned bespoke architecture will form the basis of all-electric vehicles built by Mini in China from 2023 as part of a joint-venture with Great Wall. Not only will they be sold locally, but they will also be exported to other markets for sale, potentially including Australia.
While the futures of Mini’s 5-Door Hatch, Clubman and Convertible models weren’t alluded to in this announcement, a local brand spokesperson told CarsGuide they will remain part of its line-up indefinitely.
For reference, the current-generation 3-Door Hatch’s all-electric variant is known as Electric in Australia. And Mini also a PHEV version of the existing Countryman, which is called Hybrid locally.
These two electrified models currently account for 10 per cent of Mini’s global sales, at an even split of five per cent each, although their share will inevitably increase in the years to come.