BMW has hinted at their intention to change the MINI brand into an all-electric automotive company in the States and we’ve already seen a concept model of the all-electric MINI, due to go on sale in 2019, which is expected to sit on a modified version of the UKL1 platform. But a rebranding is going to require more than one model. Rumor has it, MINI is now working on an electric crossover, sized to slot under the Countryman.
Auto Express received some exclusive images of the Countryman’s smaller sibling and according to an unnamed source close to MINI, “the new model is likely to be similar in footprint to today’s five-door car.” Perhaps it’ll give the Volkswagen T-Cross a run for its money if the MINI crossover has a similar length as the four-door hatch. That would also put it in a similar size range as the Mazda CX-3.
Not much is known about the new electric crossover, but it is speculated to make use of the automaker’s all-new platform, which should be shared with the BMW 1-Series, 2-Series, X1, and i3.
The MINI crossover is expected to be launched in 2021 at the earliest and the rumored all electric variant is a plus for the blooming SUV/crossover market.