The Mini Cooper is hardly a large car, but it’s substantially bigger than the original. However, Mini said to be working on a concept smaller than the Cooper for next year’s Geneva Motor Show.
“The idea to create a highly compact Mini model is one that has been on the agenda for quite a while,” an inside source told Autocar. “On the outside it would appear a natural fit for the brand, but profitability is a major concern at this end of the market. It’s one thing making a good-looking small car, but it’s another thing to make money on it.”
Right now, although the mini Mini might be rumored for production, its future is anything but certain. BMW will be able to gauge consumer interest through a concept in Geneva next March before making a firm decision about production.
The concept is said to share the current Mini platform, but rides on a shorter wheelbase, bringing it closer to the original Mini’s 80.3-inch wheelbase. Details on the concept are extremely scarce, but it will likely preview Mini’s future design language and debut a new, small-displacement gasoline engine.
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