In a recent interview for AutoGuide, MINI USA CEO Jim McDowell said the company has no plans to introduce a smaller MINI than the existing ones into the U.S. market. The long-rumored MINI City car, a mini-MINI as many labeled it, is destined to arrive in Europe at some point in the future.
The current R56 hatchback is the smallest MINI model offered in North America.
“I don’t anticipate a third size or that we’ll ever have large MINIs,” he said, stating that future vehicles will be based on one of the two current MINI platforms, the R5X for the hard-top, convertible and Clubman and the R60 for the Countryman, said McDowell for AutoGuide.
Rendering MINI City car by Autocar
In the past, the rumormill churned out that future Countryman-based vehicles are in works and the first one to launch was the recently unveiled MINI Paceman Concept, but apparently the Oxford-based company has no plans to supersize their four-door crossover.
Furthermore, the company plans to continue exploring different niches with new concepts that are not necessarily based on the R5x or R60 platforms.
“MINI will continue to push the limits with our concept studies, which are open for discussion and criticism, allowing us to incorporate some or all of the study elements into a future production vehicle,” said McDowell. “While the size of such concepts will no doubt vary, the MINI product family will remain true to its values of ensuring a ‘premium small car’ experience; and to do so in the U.S., we are likely to stay within the size range that is currently established.”
The MINI City car is rumored to debut in the near future, but more on this in the upcoming weeks.[Source: AutoGuide ]