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Report: Mini looking to expand range with new body styles

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Anton Andres / Mini | October 17, 2017 13:16

Mini considering adding more body styles in the near future

When the reborn Mini was first revealed in 2001, it started out as a small hatchback. 17 years later, there are different variations of the theme from small wagons to crossovers. Now, Mini design chief Oliver Heilmer said that the company is seeking to expand the range even further by considering other body styles.

In a report, Heilmer said expanding the body style range of the brand is one of Mini's medium-term strategies. While Heilmer did not mention what other Mini variations will be seen in the future, the British automaker has dabbled is offering niche models.

In 2011, Mini introduced the Coupe and, the year after, the Roadster. These two models broke tradition as each car featured a trunk instead of a hatch or a 'boot chute'. Mini then followed it up with the Paceman, a two-door crossover based on the Countryman. The Mini Coupe and Roadster were discontinued by 2015 while the Paceman ended production in 2016. Given that Mini has made such models in recent history, it is possible that the Coupe, Roadster and Paceman could see a second-generation.

Back in 2000, there were also three different Mini models, varying in size and purpose, previewed before the launch of the production model. Among those design studies were a speedster, a pickup and a station wagon. That wagon would eventually become the Mini Clubman.

For the future models, Heilmer said that, should these cars reach production, each will still feature the marque's signature design characteristics such as the floating roof look, long wheelbase (for their respective sizes) and retro-inspired styling. The chief designer admits that will be challenging the signature look of their cars will be 'limiting'.

As for the next-generation Mini, Heilmer has dropped his first clue as to what it might look like. He mentions that the wheels will be placed even closer to the corners of the car, extending its wheelbase even further. An all-new Mini hatch is said to debut by 2021.

Report: Autocar UK