There is information coming from Germany regarding the possible retirement of two of Mini’s newer models – the Coupe, launched in 2010 and the Roadster, launched in 2012.
Announced by the Mini Vision concept, the next generation of Mini could usher a new age for the German-British brand, one that could see fit the pullback of the Roadster and Coupe models, cited as rather failed experiments by various sources. Also, model fragmentation looks to have become a problem for the little brand, with the hatchback, Clubman, Convertible, Countryman and Paceman – and the two to be axed. The rumor mill also says there would be a replacement model – unrelated, but also focused on the sportier side.
The new model would arrive on the market in late 2015 or early 2016 and the planned versions would see fit to come in hard-top and soft-top variety, with less potent variants relying on three and four cylinder engines. The top models, mainly Cooper S and especially JCW would see treatment from a BMW sourced engine, most likely the 2.0 liter TwinPower turbo. Anyway, the new sport model would definitely be slotted after the release of the three-door hatchback Mini and the very new five-door hatchback variant.