In July this year, Mini unveiled the unique-looking Aceman concept that served as a preview of the new production model the British company was working on. We have the first spy photos showing a disguised prototype of that electric crossover and they reveal the production Aceman will stay very close to concept in terms of design.
It may look like Countryman at first glance, although it is indeed Aceman. The short overhangs, large round headlights, bubbly overall shape, and relatively low profile seem to match the design of the Aceman concept. Our photographers captured two different test vehicles featuring different wheel designs. There is no exhaust pipe at the rear and this clearly means this is an electric vehicle.
If you find the design of this vehicle very simple, there is an explanation for it. The Aceman Concept is the first Mini product to feature the company’s new Charismatic Simplicity design language, which focuses on minimalism and sustainability. The concept measures 159.4 inches (4.05 meters) long and 78.35 inches (1.99 meters) wide, making it slightly smaller than the current Countryman at 169.7 inches (4.31 meters) and 78 meters wide. 8 inches (2 meters).
Speaking of Countryman, Mini is also working on a new generation of this crossover. It is slated to get a little bigger, thus leaving more room for Aceman. The Clubman, in turn, may be discontinued once the current generation of Mini models goes out of production. Simply put, the Aceman will be slightly smaller and fully electric, while the Countryman will retain its combustion engine and will be positioned above the Aceman in terms of dimensions.
This is our first look at a zero-emissions crossover and it already looks interesting. We haven’t learned much more about its powertrain and we expect to start seeing more test prototypes on public roads in the coming months, so stay tuned. The full and official debut is likely to come in 2024.