Electrification Will Allow Mini To Reduce Its Cars’ Size Without Sacrificing Space

Mini says using electric powertrains will allow it to reduce the size of its future cars without sacrificing practicality.

During a recent interview with Auto Express, company boss Bernd Koerber said that the presence of a battery pack in the vehicle’s floor and one or more electric motors on the axles will allow Mini to reduce the footprint of its models. This new philosophy could arrive as early as the next-generation Mini hatchback that’ scheduled to launch in 2022.

“I would love to see MINI move back to the essence of clever use of space,” Koerber said. “That means the outer proportions on the core MINI Hatch could be reduced. I can see that happening. The benefit of electrification is that you don’t have to compromise on function. If you fit the battery wisely, you can go smaller but still offer functionality.”

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“We are in the process at the moment of looking into how we can make something that fits specifically the requirements of the small car segment,” he added. “We have to see in the next few months what engineering and design can come up with as a solution.”

In July, it was reported that Mini has given the go-ahead to make a production version of the 2011 Rocketman. The study is significantly smaller than any current model in the brand’s range and will allegedly be a battery-electric. This could allow the car manufacturer to retain the same small footprint as the concept while offering interior space more akin to the current Mini hatchback.

Koerber says that any future electric Mini models smaller than the brand’s current vehicles will need to be based on a distinct platform. It remains to be seen where this architecture could come from, with the joint venture BMW has with Chinese carmaker Great Wall being one of the options.

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  • Matteo Tommasi

    Right now the Mini is a B-seg car outside, but an A-seg car inside. They can’t do worse.

    • designer_dick

      No joke, my cousin had a current generation, three-door MINI Cooper D as her previous daily driver, and I could barely fit in the rear seats behind her (we’re both 5’8″ tall), and the boot was less than generous. I had a 5-door Kia Picanto at the same time, which was almost 30cm shorter than her MINI, but had substantially more rear legroom, three rear seats vs the MINI’s two, and a boot that was very nearly the same size (200 vs 211 litres), but easier to use because of a wider opening.

  • Bash

    I like those rear lights that doubles as handles. And I’m being sarcastic.

    • pcurve

      they’re like cute little double spoilers!

      • Bash

        They are fugly man.

    • Astonman

      They’re for skateboarders to grab onto.

      • Bash


  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    In July, it was reported that Mini has given the go-ahead to make a production version of the 2011 Rocketman. The study is significantly smaller than any current model in the brand’s range and will allegedly be a battery-electric.
    They’ll need to delete that tailpipe then.

  • Erocker

    Use 4 hub motors (4 wheel drive) and they can add a front trunk.

    • john1168

      There was a company a few years back who was working on this very idea. I thought it was a great idea but it never took off. To me it seemed like a Mini Rimmac but maybe it was overkill for such a small car. Plus battery tech wasn’t as good back then as it is today so that may have had something to do with it too.

  • SteersUright

    Mini has somehow lost its appeal to me. The idea of a tiny, raucus, little hot-rod with BMW build quality and a rorty-snorty little 4 cylinder was hugely appealing at first. The it sorta descended into a series of cars under the Mini brand, each with an identity crises, a too-high price tag, none particularly fast or brilliant handling and nothing quite special about any of them anymore. And the massive front overhang on the Cooper does it no favors in the looks department either.
    BMW is an exceptionally talented company and I adore my M235i every single time I drive it. Even more than I did my Cayman and 911, which shocks me every time I think about it. Anyhow, I believe they can still inject the magic back into Mini if they found the right person to lead the brand.

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