Following the debut of the Mini Rocketman at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, it was reported that the concept could enter production as a subcompact from the BMW-owned brand. If the rumors are to be believed, we could see the new mini Mini on the streets as early as 2014.
Set to be launched in 2014, the entry-level model will lose most of the futuristic styling details but should retain the 3+1 seating arrangement, center-mounted exhaust and two-piece tailgate with a lower section that opens like a kitchen drawer.
According to a report by AutoExpress UK, the new mini-MINI (no naming convention has been decided) will create a new entry point for the company, with a range of three-cylinder engines on offer, lightweight materials throughout and an all-electric version in the pipeline.
Whether the report can be believed is unclear, but the return of a truly mini MINI could help the brand mend fences with disenfranchised fans of the car’s early days.