Classic Mini

[CORRECTION] We’ve received updated information that the MINI city car concept will be coming to Geneva instead.

We’ve known for quite some time that MINI has been in the processing of developing both a concept car and a production car that will slot below the current R56 hatchback in both size and price. Now comes word that the 2011 Detroit Auto Show will see the debut of the “mini” MINI.

Word comes straight from MINI head Dr. Wolfgang Armbrecht via Financial Times Deutschland:

>There will be a taste of ”the next spectacular idea from the Mini brand” at the Detroit auto show he told the newspaper in an interview published on Monday. ”Keep a close eye on the coming months,” he added.

So what can we expect? As we’ve reported the mini-MINI will be based off of the current R56 platform but will be shortened to original Mini proportions. Sounds like a perfect platform for BMW’s new three cylinder engine doesn’t it? That’s what BMW thinks as well and we expect the 3 cylinder power plant to debut in the new Mini city car before it makes its way to the R56 replacement’s lower model ranges. Look for highway MPG in the high 40’s (US) and typical Go-kart handling. Oh and a price lower than the current range.

You can read our previous coverage of the “MIN-i” as it’s known internally in our MINI City category here.