Plug-In Hybrid Mini Superleggera Inches Closer To Production

AUG 1 2015 BY MARK KANE 7

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Nice!

The Electric Mini Superleggera’s chances for production increased according to Autocar. The website says production could begin by 2019.

The two-seater will probably get a plug-in hybrid drive (FWD with AWD option) setup and would be in direct competition with the Mazda MX-5.

Mini boss Peter Schwarzenbauer said:

“The interest was tremendous when we showed this concept car. We are now working hard to get it on the street. It’s an economically challenging project and there is no firm decision, but we have a lot of people here that are fighting for it. I think it would be extremely good for the brand.”

It could be something like a “junior BMW i8“.

4 years from its possible date of introduction means it’s to early to talks about specs, but Superleggera likely borrow much of its powertrain components from other BMW or Mini models (there could be other plug-in Minis introduced earlier).

Source: Autocar

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7 Comments on "Plug-In Hybrid Mini Superleggera Inches Closer To Production"

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Warren

It could be something like a “junior BMW i8“.

Or a sexy Prius. I have been amused, but not surprised at the reception of the i8. It is a plug-in hybrid, like the Prius plug-in, but for four times the price. For the extra money you get sexy styling, exotic materials, and an audio sound-effect system to make it sound like a V12. Any performance or handling differences can’t be appreciated legally. In fact, like a Corvette, you are much more likely to get ticketed for the kinds if driving Prius, and other jelly bean car drivers get away with.

Chip

Maybe they could use the i3 electric drive in the rear with the range extender genset in the front.
That would not leave much room for luggage, but at least they could connect the radiator to the cabin heater matrix.

Anon

A hybrid? Lame…

AP

Too bad, this is the only one so far I would have traded my Leaf for, but only as a pure EV. Don’t need no stinking hybrid.

ModernMarvelFan

Looks nice.

I would buy it in a heart beat if it cost less than $35K. But I seriously doubt it would cost less than that.

Phr3d

My Mo-in-law (reminder, I am no youngster) says she’d buy the non-op mule and push it into the driveway on sunny days just to look at it, lol.
That has been the universal reaction I have received from everyone that I have sent this car to, seldom does a design hit Every tick in styling across genders, for what That is worth.
Agreed that this could be -the- EV toy a certain group of buyers could appreciate. A terrific city-car, no you can’t take it camping, but Who would Want to? Squeak it up to ~100 AER, charge $40k and have it out the door in 2016, instead of pursuing Everybody, pleasing None. This would surpass Tesla as a point-and-talk, a Must-Get-One car have for certain buyers. THEN.. build on that success and offer to additional markets.
Why oh Why is this so difficult for manufacturers to see and capitalize upon.
Else, sell the whole design to Tesla, as This could be Roadster 2.0, EZ.

Surya

No BEV option? Come on…