Mini Aceman Electric Vehicle Concept Unveiled
The Aceman concept from British automaker Mini will eventually become a new small electric crossover by the end of 2024. The Mini Aceman will, when it is put into production, slot between the Mini hatchback and the Countryman SUV.
The next-generation electric Mini hatchback, which will be based on the expanded version of the brand-new Spotlight architecture being developed by BMW and Great Wall, will be based on the Aceman. In order to jointly build Mini EVs in China, the two businesses teamed together in 2019.
Even though Mini claims it is just a concept, it isn’t too dissimilar from the vehicle that will be put on the market in 2024.
The Mini Aceman concept has some iconic Mini design elements, such as low front and rear overhangs, but it has a more muscular side profile with noticeable black cladding on the wheel arches and doors. Unlike the chrome door handles found on production Mini models, it has flush door handles.
In contrast to the Mini’s usual round headlamps, these have virtually triangular shapes, and the hexagonal grille now has an LED outline. According to Mini, the glasshouse, the tailgate spoiler, and the shoulder line were all designed with aerodynamics in mind.
The automobile has a transparent top without supporting bars, which might be retained in the production model and allows for a clear view of the roof rack, which is designed to represent the Union Jack flag. Additionally, the Union Jack motif may be seen on the rear light clusters and wheel-arch moldings.
A sizable circular OLED touchscreen, similar to the one shown on the incoming new-generation hatchback, is featured in the Mini Aceman concept’s sparse cabin. Additionally, there is a toggle bar that contains five controls, much like the original from 1959, according to Mini. The toggles switch between the drive modes with the other serving as the transmission shifter.
The Mini Aceman offers more space than the five-door hatchback and the Clubman since it is built on a unique EV platform. By making the dashboard and steering wheel smaller, Mini has further opened up the space. This indicates that the Aceman has more useful door pockets and a fully empty center console space. It is unclear if the dashboard’s knitted materials and vibrant typography will be used in the production vehicle. Mini claims that the majority of the remaining interior will be included in the final product.
Mini has not yet provided information on the battery sizes or possible range of the Aceman. The next-generation Mini EV hatchback will include a 224hp Cooper S and a 50kWh pack, giving it a range of about 402km, as well as a 183hp Cooper with an about 40kWh battery. The Aceman in production will probably have a similar battery and motor configuration to the EV hatchback.
The Mini Clubman, which is anticipated to be phased out in the middle of 2023, could be directly replaced by the Aceman. Before it leaves, the Clubman will probably receive at least one special edition model. It’s unlikely that the five-door Mini hatchback will get an electric replacement.
The Countryman, which will be reintroduced as a third-generation model and paired with the new BMW X1, will sit next to the Aceman. Mini will try to attract first-time Mini buyers with the Aceman.