Mini Aceman enters final stage of testing

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Author: | Updated: 31 Jan 2024 14:53

This is the Mini Aceman – a concept that was revealed to us a few months ago. Mini has now confirmed the production variant is undergoing final testing.

Fully electric, this new model is set to sit between the Mini hatchback range and the large Countryman and take the form of a compact crossover. Here’s what we know so far.

Mini Aceman front

Mini Aceman styling

On the outside, it’s clear this concept marks a breakaway from Mini’s current line-up, while also keeping key elements that mark is out as a Mini product. It’s similar in size to the Mini five-door hatch, although it’s wider and a lot more SUV-like.

It’s a boxier design than any Mini to date too, with squared off headlights and a large filled in plastic grille that immediately marks this model out as an EV. Round the sides, things are equally square, and there’s no chromed trim pieces we’re used to seeing on current Minis.

At the rear, those trademark union flag rear light clusters remain, although again these are sharper and angular than we’re used to. It’s worth remembering that this is still a concept, so the design of the final product could differ quite a lot from the images you see here.

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Mini Aceman interior

The Aceman’s interior has been designed to offer as much room as possible. Despite its namesake, and the fact it will be a compact crossover, there should be oodles of passenger room inside. Even the trim has been designed to make the interior feel roomier than it actually is.

The dashboard certainly offers a look into the future for the brand, with the iconic large central speedo remains – but appearing in the form of a full LCD screen. The concept also features a dashboard that allows for three £experience modes”.

These modes change the theme, which is projected across the driver and passenger side of the dash, either side of the main display. It’s certainly an interesting concept, but like the velvet green steering wheel, we’ll have to wait and see whether this makes it into production models.

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Mini Aceman drivetrain

Tech details are to be confirmed, but we reckon it will use a similar platform to that already seen on the Mini Electric. From the sources we’ve seen, two batteries will be on offer, with 190 miles and 250 miles available regardless.

Electric motors offering between 180 and 220hp will be offered. We’ll bring you more details as soon as we know more.

Mini Aceman rear

Mini Aceman release date

Set to hit the road later this year, we should learn more about the Mini Aceman following its full reveal. It’s not undergoing the final stages of testing, so we can expect an un-camouflaged production model to be revealed in the next month or two.

We’ll bring you details as soon as they are available.

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