Aceman concept previews first dedicated electric Mini

by Nik Berg
27 July 2022 2 min read
Aceman concept previews first dedicated electric Mini
Photos: MINI

Mini’s range expansion continues, and with its latest concept, engineered from the ground up as an EV, the Mini Aceman also heralds a new design direction for the Anglo-German brand.

Mini calls it “Charismatic Simplicity” and that its design language is “clear and pared back.” The Aceman would sit between the three-door Mini Cooper and the jacked-up Countryman in a reduced Mini range of the future.

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There’s no word on the electric powertrain at this stage, with Mini asking us all to just absorb the exterior and interior design features instead. In profile it remains unmistakably Mini, but with some added flare and angular form to the wheel arches.

Up front is where it gets more radical, with a new face that has to do without a conventional radiator grille, yet somehow retain a family look. When powered off it’s a bit bluff, but flick the switch and the car’s character comes to life thanks to some creative running lights which can be set to a checkered flag pattern or a jovial/patriotic/twee/jingoistic (delete as appropriate) Union Jack. By contrast the car’s rear is conventional and not dissimilar to the Countryman.

Inside there’s more of a revolution, with space maximised thanks to the flat floor of the EV platform and a bare-bones dash, with just a single central circular display, and a bank of toggle switches in keeping with the Mini myth.

There’s no leather or chrome in the cabin, adding to the car’s eco credentials. We’re noticing more than a hint of the stripped-back look of Mini’s recent Paul Smith concept – there’s definitely more of an emphasis here on bold shapes and materials than the busier retro-inspired look of current production Minis.

You have to wonder if the BMW Group is deliberately trolling us. First came the insanely-oversized grille on the 4-Series and now they’ve made a Mini which looks like a Disney hippopotamus. We’re all for adventures in design, and support the idea of “Charismatic Simplicity” but this Aceman doesn’t do it for us. What about you? Have at it in the comments.

The Aceman goes on display at Gamescom, a videogame and tech show, in Cologne from August 23, if you want to see it for yourself.

Via Hagerty US.

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