Mini Countryman PHEV Alongside Original Mini E BEV

Mini Countryman PHEV Alongside Original Mini E BEV

Going forward, Mini says that it'll shrink its lineup of vehicles to just five models.

These will be referred to as Mini's "Superhero" models, meaning that they are expected to be the best-selling Minis and critical to the automaker's success.

Distinctive badging lets one know this Countryman is electrified

Distinctive badging lets one know this Countryman is electrified

We already know four of the five "Superheroes." 

  • Mini Cooper
  • Mini Cooper Convertible
  • Mini Clubman
  • Mini Countryman
But what's the fifth "Superhero?" According to Mini boss Peter Schwarzenbauer, the 5th one is a pure electric car, but it won't be an all-new model. Instead, this BEV will be the electric version of one of the four "Superheroes" listed above.

Our guess is that the BEV will be a Mini Cooper Electric. Mini has already done a Cooper electric, but it was more or less a limited production car that was put on the market to test the technology.

The upcoming electric Mini will incorporate all-new technology. Quoting Schwarzenbauer:

"It's completely new technology. It's the next step in battery tech. We chose to launch in 2019 as this is when we will see the technology." 

As for Mini's focus right now, the boss man added:

 "The focus is on the all-electric Mini."

Source: Autocar