After the MINI brand was reinvented by BMW, several versions of the same car have been released: the Cooper, Paceman, Countryman and so on. While not identical, each of these versions carries the same MINI styling, with it's big round headlights, small chrome grill and chunky stance.
It looks like that mold will change. Indeed, MINI has recently introduced two concepts, one of which appears to be on it's way to potential success.
First, the MINI Vision Superleggera is a small, two-seater roadster with a silhouette that defies traditional MINI styling. MINI says that the concept "elegantly perpetuates what the Classic Mini started 55 years ago: reduction to the essentials. Its energetic, minimalistic design embodies the dynamic essence of an automobile. At the same time it creates unique emotional beauty in combining the past and future of the automotive industry, i.e. traditional coachwork craftsmanship and modern design styling." This convertible is the result of a collaboration between MINI and Milan based coach builder Touring Superleggera. This prototype's assembly was neat, and materials used are of high quality. The body panels are made of aluminum, the powertrain is electric and several carbon fibre elements have been integrated throughout. Several technologies normally found only in exotic cars have found their way into the MINI Superleggera.
The car was showcased last weekend at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este week.
On a less polished note, the British manufacturer has introduced a version of the MINI van. This Mini Paceman Advanture, a pickup, sacrifices it's rear seats to make room for a cargo box. With four-wheel drive, the MINI Cooper S Paceman has undergone several mechanical modifications. Among others, a new suspension in order to get the most out of the hetrogeneous design of MINI's vehicle.
With 184 horsepower, this special MINI is ready to take on gravel roads, dirt roads and the harshest deserts. A spare tire is affixed to the roof, and a row of lamps provides visibility in all circumstances. The ground clearance has naturally been increased, and off-road tires now wrap alloy wheels. MINI has confirmed that the Adventure Pickup is a unique model, and that there are no plans of starting production on it.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca