The Mini brand was known for making one of the smallest automobiles in history. Under BMW's wing however, the humble city car transformed to a pocket rocket that still carried the original Mini's shape and charisma. The car itself however grew in size and has somewhat lost its 'miniature' character.
It may forever lose its 'Mini' credentials after AutoCar UK recently reported that the brand is keen on making larger models aside from the newly-launched Clubman and their current crossover, the Countryman.
According to company Senior Vice President Sebastien Mackensen, there aren't any size limitations in making a Mini automobile.
“I'm not sure who set the traditional size limits for what a Mini should be? Mini doesn't have to mean small in size. We shouldn't limit ourselves, although I would add that I wouldn't expect anything larger from us anytime soon,” said Mackensen.
Mackensen also believes that the Mini is more than just a car and even though traditionalists or enthusiast customers have a set of parameters, there is no stopping progress or advancement in the automotive industry.
“Sometimes in life you get used to something and then it moves on. Habit can be hard to challenge, but when you get used to the new thing you can often see new benefits as you adapt,” added Mackensen.
The largest Mini to date is the recently-launched Clubman (finished in brown) that measures 4,253mm long, 1,800mm wide and 1,441mm tall. Compare it to the Countryman crossover, the Clubman 162mm longer, 11mm wider and 120mm taller.
In addition, it was previously reported that the next-generation Countryman will be an 'authentic SUV' and will be more rugged and have larger body dimensions. It is expected to measure 4,260mm long, have better interior space and bigger trunk capacity.
Source: AutoCar UK