Future Mini models, unlike now, will be underpinned by parent BMW’s new UKL (an acronym for the German words Unter Klasse) front-wheel-drive architecture, shared with entry-level BMW models.
The British Mini brand is about to enter a new era – if you though now they have a crowded line-up, what do you say to the promise to go up to ten variants, ushered by Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW’s board member in charge of Mini?
For the moment, though, he refrained from disclosing whether all seven current Mini derivatives will be replaced by the eight to ten variants plan – as he only said several options are now discussed.
As more variants mean more production capacity, he said the third-generation Mini hatch is an option for production at the former Mitsubishi plant in the Netherlands now owned by Dutch contract manufacturer VDL. They also want to use that plant as basical additional capacity for when they meet capacity restrictions at the main Mini plant in Oxford, England.
Schwarzenbauer also said the VDL facility, adding to the capacity offered by the Magna Steyr, will be a full-service production plant with complete production capacity, with press shop, body-in-white, paint shop and assembly. Only the engines will be made elsewhere, as happens with many plants.
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