MINI Rocketman based on the BMW and Toyota collaboration

MINI | July 20th, 2015 by 9
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Two more new MINI bodystyles are on the near horizon, following the unveiling of the new Clubman and the second generation Countryman. Earlier this month, …

Two more new MINI bodystyles are on the near horizon, following the unveiling of the new Clubman and the second generation Countryman.

Earlier this month, MINI boss Peter Schwarzenbauer said he wants Mini to have five ‘superhero’ models. Four of the superhero models will be on sale by late next year: hatchback, Clubman, Cabriolet and Countryman The production version of the Superleggera concept is likely to a spin-off from the Cabriolet.

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Two possibilities are a production version of the small MINI Rocketman concept from 2011 and a possible MPV, similar to the 2 Series Active Tourer. One of the rumors say that the fifth model is to be born from the collaboration between BMW and Toyota and could revive the MINI Rocketman Concept introduced in 2011.

Last year, a report mentioned that MINI will develop the car based off of a pre-existing chassis from a partner automaker, allowing for an agile approach to market with lower costs. The same drivetrain will allow the production of a fully electric Rocketman as well. While not confirmed, the clues point out to Toyota as being the partner automaker due to their close partnership on hybrid and future sportscars.

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The Rocketman could be built upon the next generation iQ with the 1.5 liter three-cylinder BMW engine under the hood.

The small city car would allow the British automaker to make a statement, once again showcasing the DNA of the brand and its position on the market.

MINI Rocketman, however, won’t arrive until 2018.

[Source: Autocar]

9 responses to “MINI Rocketman based on the BMW and Toyota collaboration”

  1. Stephen Garrett says:

    I thought the Rocketman was dead.

  2. joseph_rma says:

    Is it going to be named Mini Minor? I heard somwhere. Sounds a lot better than concept name Rocketman, and also fits the history of
    the brand.
    On the other side, isn’t too much for Mini to have an MPV ? While already having cars like Countryman, Paceman in the lineup, it really breaks true MINI DNA.

  3. janegill5959 says:

    For those of you “in the know”…Do you think I will still be able to lease a Mini Coupe when my lease is up in March 2016? I am excited that my 2016 Lease would be up in 2019 to get this great looking Mini:)

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