MINI recently announced plans to move to all-electric motors by the early 2030s, unveiling the last car with an internal combustion engine in 2025. It is unclear how the move will affect the existing MINI lineup, which currently includes the Cooper Hardtop, Convertible, Clubman and Countryman. MINI may be planning to revive the nameplate from its recent history, according to a recent filing with the German Trademark Office (DPMA).
An application was recently discovered from BMW, MINI’s parent company, for Aceman on April 4, 2021. It’s worth noting that MINI was selling a small Paceman crossover, which was essentially a two-door Countryman. It remains unclear whether the BMW employee made a typo when filling out the brand name, or whether this is indeed a new MINI model. There is no exact answer yet, but there is a suspicion that it may be a completely new car.
MINI discontinued the Paceman a few years ago because two-door SUVs aren’t selling well in any market. The Aceman is unlikely to be another two-door SUV, but it could possibly be the MINI sedan model that has been rumored for years. The Aceman is more likely to be one of the brand’s future electric vehicles, as the Cooper SE is currently the only electric model in the MINI lineup.
We’ve noticed that MINI is testing a prototype of its next-generation electric vehicle that could be used as the basis for an Aceman. Our best guess points to an electric SUV based on the next generation Countryman, with a coupe-like styling in the spirit of the BMW X6.