We were scheduled to get our first look at the MINI Aceman in April 24th. That time table was dramatically moved up thanks images of the final car leaking onto the internet giving us a preview of the car inside and out. What we see is a car that feels like the smaller, more athletic looking sibling to the Countryman slotting in perfectly between it and the new MINI Cooper.

The Aceman the first all new model from MINI since the original Countryman. However this new crossover is actually based on the smaller J01 MINI Cooper EV. In fact it’s so heavily connected to that car that it will share all of its drivetrain including its electric motor, battery pack and electronics. In many ways the relationship between the J01 MINI Cooper and the J05 Aceman is not that different than the F56 two door hatch to the F55 four door hatch. The key difference of course is height and proportions which was likely much easier to alter with a skateboard chassis given it’s fully electric origins. 

The MINI Aceman Model Line-Up

The electric MINI Aceman will initially launch with two models late this year. The entry level Aceman E will have 184hp and 214 lb-ft and would likely fall be in between to an F60 Countryman S in straight-line performance. The more powerful SE will pump out 218 hp and 243 lb-ft and likely see performance figured that eclipse the F60 Countryman S.

ModelsJ05 Aceman E J05 Aceman SEJ05 Aceman JCW
Power184 hp 218 hp*250 hp +
Torque214 lb-ft243 lb-ft*280 lb-ft +
* Estimated

Those two models will quickly be followed by a JCW variant that will go into production next January. This model will likely develop well over 250 hp and will offer a variety of upgrades such as larger brakes, a revised suspension and some unique styling elements.

How Big is the MINI Aceman?

The Aceman is slotted below the new MINI Countryman and effectively replaces the wagon-like Clubman. However the most interesting thing about it may be its size.

ModelsJ05 AcemanU25 CountrymanF60 CountrymanR60 Countryman
Length4079 mm / 161 in4444 mm / 175 in 4297 mm / 169 in4119 mm / 162 in

One of the headlining data points of any MINI is length. Aceman measures in at be 4079mm / 161in in length which is (not surprisingly) quite a bit smaller than the 4444mm / 175in U25 Countryman. However what’s really interesting is comparing this new MINI crossover with the original 2010 R60 Countryman. The R60 was 4119mm / 162.2in making that original Countryman actually larger than the new Aceman. Going deeper we see that trend playout elsewhere; R60 shoulder width is 1341mm / 52.8in which is smaller than the 1370mm in the Aceman. Not surprisingly the same is true for front legroom. There the R60 is 1025mm / 40.4in. while the smaller Aceman looks more comfortable with 1045 mm / 41.1 in.

MINI Aceman Specifications vs the New U25 Countryman

Now let’s take a look at the full specs and how that compares to the new electric Countryman SE. As you can see MINI has made a clear distinction between the two modes in terms of power and performance.

ModelsJ05 Aceman E J05 Aceman SEU25 MINI Countryman EU25 MINI Countryman SE
Power184 hp 218 hp204 hp313 hp
Torque214 lb-ft243 lb-ftTBD365 lb-ft
Transmission1 speed1 speed1 speed1 speed
Wheels DrivenFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
0-60 mphTBATBA8.6 seconds5.6 seconds
Length (mm/inches)4079 mm / 161 in4079 mm / 161 in4444 mm / 175 in4444 mm / 175 in
Width w/o Mirros (mm/inches)1754 mm / 69 in1754 mm / 69 in1843 mm / 73 in1843 mm / 73 in
Height (mm)1514 mm / 59.6 in1514 mm / 59.6 in1661 mm / 65 in1661 mm / 65 in
Wheelbase (mm)2606 mm / 102.6 in2606 mm / 102.6 in2670 mm / 105.1 in2670 mm / 105.1 in
Curb weight (kg/lbs)1645 kg / 3,627 lbs1710 kg / 3,770 lbs1735 kg / 3,825 lbs1735 kg / 3,825 lbs
Luggage capacity (seats up/seats down300 / 1005 liters300 / 1005 liters450 / 1450 L450 / 1450 L

Weight is interesting here as we see just how MINI has mitigated the heavy battery. While a 3,600 lbs car can’t be considered light, it is for a four door electric crossover. The other number that jumps out is just how close the wheelbase is to the Countryman. This shows MINI has pushed the wheels to the corners as much as possible.

Front Wheel Drive Only

One big distinctions between the Aceman and Countryman will be wheels driven. Unlike the electric Countryman which offers ALL4, the Aceman will be front wheel drive and likely share its drivetrain design with the electric Cooper. While MINI might eventually squeeze in a second motor creating an ALL4 capable car, its relation to the J01 Cooper means that could be unlikely.

MINI Aceman Design Details

Given that this leak looks to have come from someone within the local Chinese Government passing along regulatory photos, we also have all variations of wheels, trim and even some options. What’s clear here is that MINI is following the same template they’ve established from the J01 in terms of colors and over all design aesthetic.

MINI Aceman Performance & Range Details

Next we’ll take a look at the performance and how it compares to the J01. As you can see MINI has carried one the drivetrain completely including battery size. While we don’t have range figures yet, it’s safe to say they will be lower than the J01 due to the increase in weight of the Aceman.

Once again this drive home the point that he Aceman truly is just a large J01 MINI Cooper that sits higher and has four doors. While the bonus is a higher seating position and more interior volume, the clear trade off is weight and thus range.

2025 J01 MINI Cooper E2025 J01 MINI Cooper SE2026 J05 MINI Aceman E2026 J05 MINI Aceman SE
Horsepower184 hp218 hp184 hp218 hp
Range (WLTP)200 miles250 milesTBATBA
Battery Size40kWh54kWh40kWh54kWh
All numbers provided by MINI except * which are confirmed only through unofficial sources.

That said this approach should tie the Aceman closer to the J01 in feel and performance likely making this the most MINI-like crossover from the brand to date.

MINI Aceman Release Details and When It’s Coming ot North America

The MINI Aceman E and SE will debut at the Auto China show on April 24th and will go into production in China later this year. Initially be built in China by a joint venture with MINI and Great Wall Motors, it will be initially only exported to Asia, the UK, Europe and South America.

Then in 2026 MINI will move some of that production to Oxford along with the J01 MINI Cooper EV. These cars coming out of the UK will be exported to the UK, Europe and likely the North American markets. This will allow MINI to avoid tariffs as it begins US imports (likely) sometime the 2026 calendar year.    

Leak Courtesy of Cochespias.net