MINI Rocketman gets the green light for production

MINI | May 19th, 2011 by 5
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MINI Rocketman concept made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. The study car brought back the exterior dimensions of the …

MINI Rocketman concept made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. The study car brought back the exterior dimensions of the classic MINI, but with an infusion of new ideas and design language.

Initially introduced in a concept form, the Rocketman will be heading for production in 2014. According to a report by AutoExpress UK, the new mini-MINI (no naming convention has been decided) will create a new entry point for the company, with a range of three-cylinder engines on offer, lightweight materials throughout and an all-electric version in the pipeline.

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.

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While there will be seats for four, the chair behind the driver will only be suitable for short trips. However, the instrument cluster moves backwards and forwards with the steering wheel to boost room when necessary.

The MINI Rocketman Concept measures 3.419 meters (approx. 11 ft. 3 in.) in length, adding just a few extra centimeters to the front and rear of the brand’s founding father born in 1959. The new study is 1.907 meters (approx. 6 ft. 3 in.) wide, including the exterior mirrors, and stands 1.398 meters (approx. 4 ft. 7 in) tall.

Same magazine says that when going into production, the new MINI will feature a dual-function boot, which features a conventional compartment accessed via a hatch with a drawer-like storage area underneath. The centrally mounted exhaust is also slated for production.

Speaking to Auto Express, BMW sales and marketing director Ian Robertson said: “MINI will never produce a car under the ‘i’ brand – this is exclusively for BMWs – but the technology we are developing for the ‘i’ family of cars will certainly be made available for the rest of the BMW Group.” After the successful MINI E field trials, BMW Group has one more reason to build a production-ready electric MINI.

The next MINIs to go on sale will be the Coupé and Roadster in 2012. Expect the ‘mini’ MINI to arrive in 2014 – the same time that the next-generation hatch is due.

5 responses to “MINI Rocketman gets the green light for production”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I know this is not supposed to come to the US, but I would love to get my hands on this.
    Pleeeeezze BMW.

  2. Otto says:

    “The unique 3+1 seater”

    Not quite. The Toyota/Scion IQ features such 3+1 seater architecture.
    Actually, the 1st car to feature it was the Fiat Trepiuno Concept, that became the Fiat 500 eventually. Fiat released sketches of the Trepiuno, a couple of years before the new MINI has been introduced. When they realised how succesful the MINI was, the Trepiuno became the Fiat 500 Trepiuno,  the 3+1 architecture was dropped and it became the new Fiat 500, a regular 4 seater.
    Back to the Rocketman being imported to the USA, if there’s room for the Smart ForTwo and the Scion IQ, there will certainly be some for it.

  3. Akiratam says:

    I would definitely buy one, if it comes to the U.S.  I think this would compete quite well with future Fiat’s models for market share. 

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