A Mini official just announced that the British manufacturer plans to increase its range with 10 new models in the coming years. The great news? We will see new cars besides substitutes for current models.
New Mini models have been announced
Oxford prepares for the launch of the new Mini hatchback, scheduled for 18 of November when the British manufacturer writes a new page in its history also promising a wide range of models. It is very likely we’ll end up with a list of eight to 10 new models sharing the Mini logo.
That’s the conclusion of Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW management board member and responsible for the English Mini brand. He said the Mini range will expand and includ0 up to 10 new models as they have ideas for new cars on the waiting list. These new variants will include replacements for the current models.
Schwarzenbauer added he has big plans for the new three-cylinder petrol engine and 1.5 liter capacity . It will provide 135 horsepower and 219 Nm, a bit more when compared with the current 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, found on the Mini Cooper. Even so, Schwarzenbauer believes that four-cylinder engines will still be found on the future Mini models.
The new 2014 Mini should reach the European market in the spring of 2014 and will be produced at its plant in Oxford , but if the market will reach a number of customers higher than estimated, Mini has prepared a backup option: a factory in Holland. This would provide the necessary equipment alongside the Oxford plant and other facilities owned by Magna Steyr.
Number of Mini Cars sold back in 2012
Given that last year 301,000 Mini units were sold and the plant in Oxford has a capacity of 210,000-240,000 / year, it is inevitable not to have the factory in the Netherlands joining the party.
In the same interview, Scwarzenbauer confirmed the company’s plans for a hybrid vehicle that can be powered from your favorite outlet. Let’s not exclude a fully electric Mini, especially as the British car manufacturer played with this idea in their zero emission mobility programs, supported by prototypes.