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The Mini brand is about to undergo its biggest transformation since it relaunched under BMW ownership in 2001.
As well as kicking off its plan to become a completely electric carmaker by the early 2030s, Mini will also renew its entire model line-up within the next two years.
New vehicle platforms, new models, a mix of new powertrains, and a model range shake up are on the cards, with some key models in the Mini portfolio expected to get the chop.
Describing the next-gen line-up as a “family”, the head of the Mini brand, Stefanie Wurst, said the carmaker is gearing up for its most critical moment.
“I think the most important moment will indeed be in 2024 when we introduce the whole family because this guy (the Aceman) is part of a family.”
So what will this family look like? And what exactly will change?
We got our first look at Mini’s next chapter last week with the reveal of the Aceman concept. It previews the production Aceman SUV that will be revealed next year and go on sale in 2024, and it showcased Mini’s upcoming ‘Charismatic Simplicity’ design language that will roll out across all new models.
The first time we will officially see this new design on a production model will be in the third quarter of next year when Mini rips the covers from the next-gen Mini Hatch. As CarsGuide has reported, however, we may have already seen this model in spy pics.
It will remain the entry point for the Mini range and there are whispers that it might be smaller than the current model.
But, there is a very real chance that the five-door Hatch will be dropped for the next-gen model, meaning it will be offered exclusively in three-door guise. Mini is yet to make any firm announcements, but it’s becoming more and more likely.
The five-door was added to the current-gen Hatch range in 2014.
Following the new Hatch, Mini will then reveal either the production version of the Aceman or the Countryman, and this is where there’s a big shake up.
The Aceman will slip into the line-up under the Countryman. The production Aceman is almost exactly the same size as the original Countryman from 2010.
The next Countryman is going to grow in size, allowing room for the Aceman, but it is not going to be anywhere near the dimensions of a medium SUV like the BMW X3.
Given the dimensions of the Aceman and current Countryman, the next-gen Countryman should be closer in size to the third-gen BMW X1 that was revealed a couple of months back. That model is 4500mm long with a 2692mm wheelbase and width of 1845mm.
And that leaves the Clubman.
There has been speculation that the quirky wagon/hatch with the rear barn doors could also face the axe, but CarsGuide understands that there could be space for another Clubman in the future. Not only that, it could be larger than the current model, and fully electric.
Mini has already announced that it will offer a next-gen version of the Mini Convertible from 2025. The big change here is that it will be an exclusively electric model.