Over a year ago, a webcam photo leaked on the interwebs gave us a preview at the next generation MINI car city vehicles set to debut in 2012. The project falls under the name MINI-i and it is part of BMW’s Project i program. The MINI-i will be easily recognizable as a MINI, despite BMW’s intention to split the brand with the smaller “MegaCity” cars and then the Austrian built “Urban Adventure” vehicles which will be the MINI-X and the SpaceBox project.
The somewhat, sometimes reliable UK magazine AutoExpress publishes a story on the MINI-i in a John Cooper Works variant. The car is said to be just over three meters long, with seating for four and with….no name yet.
Last year, we mentioned that the BMW Motorrad Division will be involved in the development of three cylinder engines for BMW and MINI vehicles. According to the same magazine, the new MINI-i will make use of a new 1.5 liter 3 cylinder turbocharged engine.
Following our scoop in Issue 1,126 that revealed a new smaller MINI is in the pipeline, insiders have hinted that a hot John Cooper Works model will also make production.
Despite boasting close to 150 horsepower, the new engine should be capable of achieving 50 mpg and CO2 emissions of just under 110g/km. Furthermore, expect to see stop/start, brake energy regeneration and an aerodynamic design among the changes.
Speculating even more, AutoExpress prices the MINI-i at 16, 000 British pounds, a bit unrealistic in our opinion.