Mini previews soon-to-be-unveiled electric crossover
In a dense press release about its upcoming design language (called “Charismatic Simplicity”), Mini provided a weird but somewhat useful teaser of a new electric crossover SUV. He didn’t name it, and all he said specifically about it was that it’s “the concept study of a crossover model – all electric – for the small segment. high-end cars. That fits the description of one of two new crossovers that will be sold alongside the next-generation Countryman.
The photo shows a silhouette of the crossover from the front three-quarter perspective, along with the uncovered front fender of the same vehicle in the corner. It has the familiar boxy shape of Mini, and it appears to have some kind of roof platform installed. The mirrors look like little rounded rectangles, which matches what we’ve seen in spy photos of the Countryman. That exposed fender seems to reveal the most about the crossover. The flares have a sort of trapezoidal shape, which extends into the sheet metal. The actual wheel openings are a bit more rounded. The sharper angles also show in the way the headlight fits into the fender.
While the press release that accompanies this teaser is full of fluffy language, there are some more specific and helpful details about what we’ll see in this and other new Minis. On the exterior, Union Jack taillights will remain a key feature. Inside, Mini is focusing on more durable materials, so it ditches genuine leather and aims to eliminate as much chrome as possible. It will also feature a circular display in the middle for infotainment, although some physical switches will remain.
This crossover will be unveiled next month. It will also showcase the new platform that Mini has designed with electric powertrains in mind, unlike the current Mini Cooper SE Hardtop, which adapts a battery and motor to fit an older internal combustion car.