BMW-owned MINI is gearing up for a radical change in its lineup. One of the novelties, uncharacteristic for the brand, may be the serial embodiment of the conceptual minivan Urbanaut, presented a year ago and receiving a single door and a lifting windshield that opens like a window. However, these futuristic solutions are unlikely to go to the “commercial” version, the possible appearance of which was portrayed by the Autoexpress edition.
From 2023, MINI will begin to update the lineup and gradually introduce new generation vehicles. The light will see the new Countryman, which will grow in size and approach the BMW X1. Also, two years later, a new generation hatchback will be released on the previous ULK platform, both with a battery power plant and in gasoline and diesel versions. In addition, in China, MINI will be engaged in the production of electric cars on a new architecture, developed jointly by BMW and Great Wall.
Besides them, MINI announced another new product that “will meet the needs of customers in additional space and comfort, as well as versatility.” Apparently, we are talking about a minivan, and the British will still release a serial version of the Urbanaut concept.
The minivan was shown in the form of renders in November 2020, and in 2021 it debuted in metal. In terms of dimensions, the Urbanaut is quite compact, which corresponds to the brand’s profile: it reaches 4.46 meters in length and is comparable to the Mazda3. Among the features of the show car are a lifting windshield, transparent wheels and a convertible interior, which in autonomous mode turns into a relaxation space.
It is not yet known what the production version of the minivan will be, but the novelty will certainly inherit the efficient use of space in the cabin and receive an electric power plant – at least as an option.