Another piece of Mini’s future product puzzle is falling into place.
Under the skin, the Aceman is expected to ride on the same platform as the new Mini Electric Hatch. Co-developed with Great Wall Motor (GWM), the underpinnings will be stretched from those under the tailgate to support the 4.0 meter long Aceman.
Based on these spy photos, the Aceman will look…exactly how we expected. Up front there are slightly more angular headlights than on the current model, while the pert rear features an evolution of the current taillights.
A prototype 3-door mini electric hatchback and the Aceman concept (both below) offer a more concrete look at how the details of the Aceman will likely take shape.
Despite being electric, even this prototype features what looks like a hood scoop (or iPhone docking station) on its hood.
When launched, the Aceman will be built in China as part of BMW’s joint venture with Great Wall Motor.
Production of the replacement for the current Mini Electric 3-door will also be moved to China, while the next Mini Countryman EV will be built alongside its BMW X1 cousin in Leipzig, Germany.
A version of the current petrol 3-door hatchback will also live on, albeit in heavily updated form.
A report for The temperature revealed that production of electric vehicles at the Cowley factory in Oxford, UK, will end in 2023.
Manufacturing will continue in Oxford, however. Mini has confirmed it will continue to build internal combustion models in the UK, and has previously said petrol power will live on in its range until 2030.
‘Oxford will always be Mini’s home,’ a spokesperson said The temperature. The spokesperson said UK-built electric Minis would have to be made on an assembly line developed by GWM, in place of existing production lines.
“Oxford is not equipped for electric vehicles,” the spokesperson said. “It will need renovation and investment.”
The temperature reports that the spokesman provided “no date” for EV manufacturing to return to the UK.