Sections: GXX MINI Hatch (4th Gen) May 9th, 2014 14 Comments
Edmunds has a pretty worthless report on the 2021 G5X MINI which includes:
- Coming in 2020, which we knew, as a 2021 model
- May make use of lightweight materials which we knew
- May include all electric model – something that has been hinted at in the past
- Will remain unmistakably MINI – file that under shocking news
Now lets dig into this a bit more and fill in the gaps with what we know to expect for the next MINI. It will certainly ride on the second generation of the UKL FWD/AWD platform that will spawn vehicles roughly the same size as the current line-up. There is still talk of MINI partnering with Toyota to share a city car platform for the MINI Rocketman, but that is not this car and would be a completely separate model if it happens.
The next generation UKL platform won’t make use of all carbon fiber construction like BMW’s new i3, but the platform will use it along with high strength steel and aluminum to reduce weight. While it’s too early to know if it will actually be lighter (despite surely having much more technology and equipment onboard) we’d expect weight will play a crucial part in the car meeting incredibly stringent efficiency standards that will be in place by that time. continued →