New MINI Aceman: details, specs and confirmed reveal date for MINI’s small EV SUV
All-new MINI Aceman reveal confirmed for 24 April as brand prepares to enter the small electric SUV battle royale
MINI is about to enter a very crowded market segment with its new all-electric Aceman crossover. Designed to plug the gap between the new MINI Cooper and larger MINI Countryman, the MINI Aceman will be unveiled on 24 April at Auto China, often referred to as the Beijing Motor Show, before a market launch later this year with prices from around £38,000.
At just over four metres long the MINI Aceman will compete against a varied range of potential rivals including the Volvo EX30, Hyundai Kona Electric, Renault Megane E-Tech, Jeep Avenger and Smart #1. The forthcoming Ford Puma EV is another potential challenger, as are electrified C-segment hatchbacks such as the Peugeot E-308 or Astra Electric.
The Aceman will utilise the same EV-specific platform as the new MINI Cooper, and is also expected to borrow the larger pure-electric powertrain from its smaller sibling. MINI has now confirmed it will feature a 54.2kWh battery pack likely capable of a range closer to 250 miles.
What will the MINI Aceman look like?
The MINI Aceman might be a new addition to the current line up, but it will very much fall into line with the latest design language already revealed in the new Cooper and Countryman. It does this through applying lots of familiar design elements with cleaner surfacing and more angular forms.
The latest images reveal a few new details, suggesting that the Aceman is likely to have the boldest design of any current MINI model with less of a focus on outright practicality and more on style. This will be accentuated thanks to a narrower cabin than the Countryman, matched with high-mounted headlights that appear to perch atop the bonnet.
Being a pure-electric model, the MINI Aceman will feature a similar blanked-off octagonal grille to its EV siblings, plus the usual MINI floating roof effect created by blanking off the pillars. Unlike the MINI Cooper, the Aceman will have framed windows and the angular wheel arch surrounds that have disappeared from the hatchback in its latest guise.
Both front and rear screens are more steeply angled than on MINI’s other models, reiterating the fact this will be more of a lifestyle crossover SUV. In regards to the front screen, this should also help with aero, improving high-speed efficiency.
How big and practical is it?
MINI has confirmed dimensions for the new Aceman, reaching 4,075mm in length, 1,754mm wide (without mirrors) and 1,495 in height, making it 150mm shorter than the rival Volvo EX30 and many other potential rivals. This puts it in line with five-door superminis such as a Hyundai i20, despite its likely price point nearer to the Kona.
When we were given a chance to sit in a prototype ourselves, we found that with the wheels pushed out to the far corners of the bodywork the Aceman offers enough space in the back for a six-foot-tall passenger to sit behind a similar-sized driver. The boot is rather small, though, with a high sill to lift stuff over.
What’s the interior design like?
The Aceman’s cabin should be almost identical to that of the three-door hatch, the centrepiece of which is an ultra-slim 9.4-inch OLED circular display responsible for both the infotainment and vital driver information like your speed and state of charge – just like the setup in Volvo’s EX30.
They’ll also be a selection of ‘MINI Experience Modes’ on offer that change the look of the screen and interior lighting, and provide their own unique soundtrack. In the MINI Cooper, drivers have a choice of Core, Green, Go-Kart, Personal, Vibrant, Timeless and Balance modes.
Speaking to Auto Express, head of MINI Stephanie Wurst revealed the new Aceman crossover will be a “gamified concept” and that “the go-kart feeling will always be of the utmost importance.” He also confirmed that hot John Cooper Works versions of every new MINI are on the cards, so a sporty Aceman with extra power could serve as a range-topping model.
When will it go on sale?
Following its reveal on 24 April, the MINI Aceman is expected to go on sale before the end of the year. The price of the Aceman should split the difference between the electric MINI Cooper SE, which uses the same 54.2kWh battery as the Aceman, and the MINI Countryman EV. With prices for those starting from £34,500 and £42,080, respectively, the Aceman is likely to be priced from around £38,000.
Initially, the Aceman will be built alongside the three-door MINI Cooper Electric in China, however following £600m of investment in MINI’s Oxford plant, both cars will be built in the UK from 2026.
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