MINI Aceman coming soon: an electric SUV with a trick up its sleeve
The new MINI Aceman electric crossover will share underpinnings with the next-generation MINI Cooper hatchback
It’s out with the old and in with the new down at MINI; the British-German brand is currently undergoing a range-wide update and an all-new model is on its way to sit between the new MINI Cooper hatchback and MINI Countryman SUV, confirmed to be called the MINI Aceman.
Due to be fully revealed in the next few weeks, the MINI Aceman is set to replace the Clubman in the brand’s line-up. Unlike that car which was a quirky hatchback with split-opening rear doors, the Aceman is instead a fashionable small electric SUV. It joins a pretty diluted market, with strong pre-existing rivals like the Volvo EX30, Smart #1 and Hyundai Kona Electric.
MINI has just released new images of the Aceman as it completes its final testing and these give us our best look at the new car yet. Measuring 4,075mm in length, 1,754mm wide (excluding mirrors) and 1,495 in height, the Aceman is actually more comparable in size to the top-selling Vauxhall Corsa Electric supermini, rather than the Vauxhall Mokka Electric SUV to which it’ll be more akin to price-wise. MINI has confirmed there will be room for five, though, unlike the Cooper hatch which can only seat four.
As you can see from the latest pictures, the Aceman gets the same angular headlights as the larger Countryman, which pay homage to the round MINI headlights of old. The overall shape of the car remains true to the Aceman Concept which made its debut all the way back in 2020; the production car will get the concept’s boxy silhouette, roof rails and wheel arch cladding, but unfortunately, the illuminated grille will be swapped out for a body-coloured trim piece.
On the inside, you can expect the MINI Aceman to look virtually identical to the new Cooper and Countryman, which are already both on sale. This means the centre of the dashboard will be dominated by a 9.4-inch circular OLED touchscreen; production cars won’t have the special Pokémon mode, nor the animated dashboard of the concept, although they will have MINI’s new array of ‘Experience Modes’. These change the look and feel of the infotainment system and ambient lightning, as well as adjusting the way the car drives.
Speaking of the way the MINI Aceman drives, the new electric crossover will use the same platform as the smaller MINI Cooper – the Countryman gets a different setup of which it shares with the BMW iX1. MINI has confirmed the Aceman will be powered by a 54.2kWh battery pack which we suspect will give it a range of around 250 miles – roughly the same as what you get in a Peugeot E-2008.
With the full unveiling expected to come in the next few weeks, the MINI Aceman is set to go on sale ealy in 2025. While it’ll be built in China for now, a recent investment in the MINI Oxford plant means production will shift to there in 2026. Given that the MINI Cooper starts from £30,000, a price tag of around £34-36,000 for the Aceman seems likely, putting in in-line price-wise with many of its small electric SUV rivals.
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