The Mini Aceman will enter production at the end of 2024.
Mini has revealed the Aceman concept, which is set to spawn a new compact electric crossover in the company’s portfolio by the end of 2024. When it enters production, the Aceman will be placed between the Mini hatchback and the Countryman SUV.
In terms of underpinnings, the Aceman is based on a stretched version of the all-new Spotlight architecture, which the company has jointly developed with BMW and the Great Wall. The platform will also underpin the next-gen electric Mini hatchback. The two companies have been working in tandem since 2019 to produce Mini EVs in China under a 50:50 JV.
Mini Aceman EV Concept: Design
In terms of design, the Aceman looks like a typical Mini, with short front and rear overhangs, a muscular butch side profile, and prominent black cladding on wheel arches and doors. The Aceman concept gets flush door handles, which look rather nice.
The round headlamps, which have been a major visual highlight of all the Minis, have been ditched for units that are almost triangular. The hexagonal grille now features an LED outline, and Mini says that the shoulder line, tailgate spoiler, and the design of the glasshouse are all aerodynamically optimised.
Mini Aceman EV Concept: Interiors
In terms of interior, the Aceman continues to feature Mini’s simplistic theme with a large circular OLED touchscreen. Additionally, there is also a toggle bar below with five controls, which Mini says harks back to the 1959 original. One of the toggles is a transmission shifter, while the others allow you to switch between drive modes.
Since the Aceman is based on a bespoke EV platform, it's more spacious than its five-door hatchback and Clubman. The company has further accentuated the interior space by reducing the dashboard volume and steering wheel bulk. The Aceman’s dashboard is covered in knitted textiles with bright lettering, which looks catchy, but it remains to be seen if it will be there in the production model. Mini claims that most of the remaining elements will make it to the production model.
Mini Aceman EV Concept: Powertrain and Battery
Mini has not yet confirmed the powertrain and battery sizes of the car. However, we know that the next-gen Copper will get a 180bhp motor and an approximately 40kWh battery, while the Cooper S will come with a 221bhp motor and a 50kWh pack.
The Aceman could be seen as a direct replacement for the Clubman, which will be near the end of its lifecycle in 2023. The Aceman will sit alongside the Countryman, which is due for an update as a third-generation model.