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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-06-2019, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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2023 Mini Traveller SE: The Five-Seater MPV

Details on the 2023 Mini Traveller SE specs, pricing, features and more will be available closer to 2023.

For now, most of it can be figured out, basing it off current Mini/Mini SE specs and applying the typical MPV requirements this new five-seater will conform to.

More details below from autocar.



"Mini plans to enter the shrinking market for small MPVs with a new electric model. It will be the brandís most practical car yet, and itís thought it will revive the Traveller name.

The new Mini MPV has been conceived to appeal to family car buyers seeking greater levels of interior versatility and space than the existing Clubman and Countryman.

It will be based on parent company BMWís FAAR platform, which supports front- and four-wheel drive. There will be versions powered by internal combustion engines, a plug-in hybrid and, later in its seven-year life cycle, a battery-electric driveline in a Traveller SE model. It will rival the Volkswagen ID 3, which will be revealed next month.

In pure-electric form, the new Mini model is set to be twinned with the successor to the BMW i3. That means it will be offered with the very latest in battery cell technology and a range exceeding 250 miles.

Autocar understands the move is part of a comprehensive realignment of Miniís global operations that will divide its line-up into two distinct areas. Future models will based on either the FAAR platform or a new entry-level one being developed in a joint venture with Chinese car maker Great Wall Motors.

The realignment, masterminded by recently departed BMW chairman Harald KrŁger, aims to provide Mini with a less cost-intensive operational base and the scope for a broader range of models.

In future, Miniís production activities will centre on three plants: Born in the Netherlands; Zhangjiagang, China; and Oxford, UK. Satellite operations will continue in India, Malaysia and Thailand.

As well as planning replacements for todayís hatch, Clubman and Countryman, Mini is developing two crucial new models that will arrive by the end of 2023. The aim is to increase annual sales volumes well beyond the 361,531 achieved in 2018.

One will be the long-awaited production version of the Rocketman, as previously reported by Autocar.

The entry-level Smart Forfour rival will be fully electric and based on a development of Great Wall Motorsí ME platform. It will be produced under a joint-venture operation called Spotlight Automotive, based in China.

The second approved new model, expected to be called the Traveller, will rival the likes of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class. Plans are in place for it to be developed using technology from the next BMW i3.

Described to Autocar as being very much in the mould of BMWís 2 Series Active Tourer, the new five-seater is intended to complement existing Mini models.

Production is likely to begin in the Netherlands near the end of 2022, according to senior Mini sources."
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-15-2019, 11:50 AM
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Do you think it's going to be bigger than the Clubman and Countryman or the same size? Hopefully they don't make it too big.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-16-2019, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Hard to say, Countryman sort of fills the MPV role. I always thought a Countryman SE would be easier to bring to market.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-18-2019, 07:57 PM
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Yes it might be an overlap. the differences however are there.
One being the fact Mini will want two different CUV style vehicles, one all-electric and the other traditional.

That to me makes perfect sense.
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