Mini plans to completely revamp its model lineup over the next few years. The base three-door model will be available with both combustion and all-electric powertrains, and a number of other new products will join the portfolio. When it comes to the mini hatch, customers can expect a huge technological improvement over the current generation of the model and a new ratio of Coach sheds more light on the changes in the lineup.
The British automaker will completely rework the Mini Electric and it will not be mechanically linked to the combustion version. Instead, it will sit on an EV platform and go back to Mini’s roots in size and weight. The brand is said to make the zero-emissions hatch a bit shorter than the outgoing model thanks to a shorter front overhang. The wheelbase, meanwhile, will increase slightly by about 1.57 inches (40 millimeters).
As part of its electrification strategy, the company would launch two electric versions of the new three-door sedan. The base Cooper model will have a 40 kWh capacity battery with a projected range between charges of around 185 miles (297 kilometers). The more powerful Cooper S, in turn, will come with a 50 kWh battery and over 200 horsepower (147 kilowatts) of peak power. The maximum expected range is approximately 250 miles (402 km).
Interestingly, thanks to the dedicated electric platform, the new Mini EV, despite its larger battery, is said to be slightly lighter than the model it will replace. Also, according to Coach, it will have a lower center of gravity with a slightly rearward-biased weight distribution. By the way, the new Mini EV will be made in China.
As far as combustion models are concerned, Coach reports they will be based on an evolution of the FAAR platform. Don’t expect huge changes from the Mini models that are still on sale, as the new generation of ICE-powered Minis will likely continue to be offered with a selection of turbocharged three- and four-cylinder engines. A diesel option seems unlikely at this time.