Published on March 23rd, 2022 | by Subhash Nair0
Next Gen MINI Undergoing Winter Testing At The Moment
The upcoming all-new MINI 3-Door Hatch is being winter tested in its electric form.
It’s hard to believe that BMW Group has been selling MINIs for over 20 years. The timeless design was modernised in the 2000s and the new MINI Hatch models have become iconic in their own right. Since that time, the BMW-MINI family has gone through 3 generations, with the last generational change coming in 2013.
This last model change brought a new range of engines, a larger chassis, a 5-door model as well as the MINI Electric model. Now, a new generation MINI Hatch is being developed in tandem with a new MINI Countryman. Winter testing is already underway for the MINI 3-Door Hatch, which means we’ll probably get a global reveal of this new MINI in a few months time.
While the current MINI Electric seems like more of an afterthought than a dedicated battery electric vehicle, the upcoming range of MINI vehicles are being designed from the ground up to feature an electric motor as an option. The internal combustion engine will continue to play a role for new MINI models, though we suspect diesel variants will be restricted to certain markets or dropped altogether.
Here’s the press release with more information.
The new MINI family is doing its warm-up laps – and that works best on ice and snow in the bitter cold of the Arctic Circle. The new MINI is currently undergoing its driving dynamics tests at the BMW Group’s winter test centre in Arjeplog, Sweden. The new edition of the MINI is fully electric and is now completing a major chapter in its series development process with the winter testing in Sweden. The electric drivetrain, high-voltage battery, power electronics and charging technology of the prototypes are already demonstrating their high degree of maturity at extreme temperatures below freezing. Snow-covered roads and specially prepared areas on frozen lakes also serve as ideal test tracks on which the characteristics of the drive, steering and chassis can be very sensitively tested, refined and harmonised with each other.
MINI is launching its fifth generation with the MINI 3-door as the first model of the new MINI family once again. With its vehicle concept geared to fully electric driving fun from the outset, the new edition of the original is ideally suited to deliver inspiring hallmark MINI agility and the creative use of space, which guarantees plenty of room inside and a small footprint.
The new MINI 3-door is supplemented in the new MINI family by the successor to the current MINI Countryman. The new edition of the top seller in the premium compact segment will be offered with both an internal combustion engine and a fully electric drive. Still this year, MINI will present the concept study of a crossover model for the premium small car segment.
The new MINI 3-door consistently continues the concept of urban driving fun that has been successful for more than 60 years. This will be implemented even more puristically and sustainably in the future. This becomes particularly clear in the design of the classic body variant. Electrification offers designers the opportunity to think fundamentally differently and creates new starting points for the hallmark MINI combination of individual style, attention to detail, a sense of tradition and a passion for innovation. The design of the new MINI harks back to its unique history, uses the latest technology and creates a maximum of emotions combined with a minimal footprint.
The inspiring driving characteristics of the new MINI 3-door can be optimally refined at the winter test centre in Arjeplog. With every lap it completes on packed snow and ice, the test engineers can precisely tune the spontaneous power development of the electric motor, the control systems for optimising traction, the cornering behaviour, the suspension and damping characteristics as well as the character of the steering and braking system. The integrated application of all drive and chassis systems enables a mature degree of overall harmony, which will help the later production model to deliver a coherent and hallmark MINI balance of go-kart feeling and driving comfort.