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New Vehicles in the Mini Family

The Mini team has been working on a smaller version of the MINI for some time now. Rumor has it, that the concept should be ready for the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March. Not much information has been revealed yet, but it will probably be a two-seater based on a modified version of an existing front-engine/front-wheel-drive platform with a shorter wheelbase and small-capacity gasoline engine. It would make it a direct competition to Smart ForTwo. Another possibility is that the car will have three seats. It is also expected that it will be a development of an existing concept that first appeared in Geneva in 1997 – a 4-seater known as the MINI Spiritual.


Mini spiritual

Mini spiritual


The plans for new smaller MINI are part of BMW’s Project “i” – aiming to develop cars for the future. The first vehicle in the program is the MINI E – an all-electric version of Mini. The car is not yet widely offered, but the field tests are in progress. For example, Mini E is available through leasing to private users in California and the New York area as well as in the UK. The Mini E is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack weighting 572 pounds (259 kg) that is placed instead of a back seat. The car range is said to be 156 miles (251 km) on a single charge under optimal conditions, but when it comes to standard driving conditions, the MINI can offer a range of 109 miles (175 km) in the city and 96 miles (154 km) on highway. The top speed is 95 mph (153 km/h). What is interesting, when the battery levels drop to 20%, the system automatically slows power delivery and shuts down the air-conditioning etc, to help the driver get home.

Mini spiritual

Mini spiritual

Mini spiritual


Mini spiritual

Mini spiritual


Mini spiritual

The BMW engineers also tests a race car version of MINI E. Its electric motor is identical to the one used in the standard MINI E, but the body of the car is 225kg lighter, mainly thanks to carbon-fibre panels. The vehicle is in a concept stage and it is not yet sure if it will go for sale.

The 2011 Geneva Motor Show will also host two other new releases: the 2012 Coupe and Roadster models – sportier-looking, lightener, two-seat variations of the MINI. Later this year MINI will release its Countryman model – a crossover SUV that was first shown also in Geneva, in March. It is the largest car produced under this brand.

Countryman


Countryman

Countryman


Countryman

Countryman


Countryman

Countryman


Countryman

Countryman


Countryman

Countryman


Countryman

Written by the team of CarTruckTrader.com. Visit the website to find new and used MINI cars for sale.

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Comments

  1. genuinely i love mini cars .I glad to know it another one car added in this family.
    i like this model.i would like to ride it……