The MINI Aceman is said to be barely differentiated from last year’s concept, though the futuristic LED roof, wing mirrors, and bits of the interior will be adapted for production.
Built alongside the three-door MINI Cooper Electric in China, the Aceman will borrow pure-electric powertrain options from the smaller car. That means a 40kWh battery could be available on cheaper Aceman E models and a larger 54kWh battery for SE versions. Maximum range will be from around 200 miles up to 250 miles.
Speaking to Auto Express, head of MINI Stephanie Wurst also confirmed that hot John Cooper Works versions of every new MINI are on the cards so a sporty Aceman should sit as a range-topping model with extra power. It will be the car that “ticks all the boxes”, Wurst said, sandwiched between the Cooper and now-larger Countryman.
As with the Cooper, Mini has developed a soundtrack to accompany acceleration, but Wurst said it won't be like the operatic tune BMW offers in its 'i' models.
The Aceman gets a near-identical interior to the Cooper, albeit with even ‘funkier’ stylings on the cards; a knitted dashboard has been mooted to Auto Car.
With the next-generation Countryman growing in size to around 4.5 metres long, Auto Express understands that the Aceman will have similar dimensions to the original MINI Countryman, measuring a little over four metres long.