Mini presented last week at Geneva the new Rocketman, a concept that is regarded as a modern interpretation of the old and original Mini car.But looks like the new concept succeeded to attract a lot, and, it may enter in production.
“We are good at looking at history and interpreting a future for it,” BMW’s sales and marketing boss Ian Robertson told Autocar (), and pointed out that most Mini concept cars do eventually end up in the showroom.
“The themes in the car are not just about a smaller Mini,” he said.“Lightweight construction, and new types of components will go on to Minis. The BMW i-concept [lightweight and alternative energy] will be available to all members of the group.”
At 3,419mm long and 1,907mm wide, the baby MINI is about 40cm longer and 50cm wider than the original.
A carbon space-frame construction, whose striking surface structure is visible at the front end of the car, around its doors and in the interior, forms the basis for a weight-minimizing construction.
Despite the extremely confined rear, Mini’s design team has managed to package a reasonable storage space behind the rear seats. It’s accessed via a giant drawer, which slides out from the concept’s tail and is surprisingly handy.
When this will enter in production, it may compete with such vehicles as the Smart Fortwo, the Toyota iQ and other small city vehicles to come.