A report by UK magazine Autocar mentions that BMW’s sales and marketing boss Ian Robertson has given clear indications that the MINI Rocketman could make production and gives hints towards other future MINIs.
“We are good at looking at history and interpreting a future for it,” he told Autocar.
All future MINI models could be influenced by the Rocketman concept, according to Robertson. “The themes in the car are not just about a smaller Mini,” he said. “Lightweight construction, and new types of components will go on to Minis. The BMW i-concept [lightweight and alternative energy] will be available to all members of the group.”
The statement comes to align with the interview we have conducted with new Head of Design at MINI, Anders Warming.
Robertson stressed that a production Rocketman and the current Countryman five-door Mini would not threaten the traditional three-door car. “The core of the Mini brand is always going to be the Mini three door and Convertible,” he said.
The urban-oriented vehicle builds atop the idea of the upcoming Megacity vehicle.
The study car brings back the exterior dimensions of the classic MINI, but with an infusion of new ideas and design language. The unique 3+1 seater features three doors and has length just over 3 meters, cater to the urban lifestyle in big cities.
MINI Rocketman makes use of lightweight design principles and an interior geared to maximum driving fun and unbeatable variability. A carbon spaceframe construction, whose striking surface structure is visible at the front end of the car, around its doors and in the interior, forms the basis for a weight-minimizing construction. Wide-opening doors with double-hinge joints and integrated sills facilitate entry into the MINI Rocketman Concept.
The MINI Rocketman Concept also uses creative design and innovative technical solutions to open up new layout options for the luggage area. This enhances the versatility of the existing space and means it can be used more efficiently. The split two-part tailgate consists of one section which is attached to the roof and opens extremely high and a lower section which extends out 350 millimeters from the body in the form of a drawer unit.