• Mar 2, 2011
Mini Rocketman Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Mini's new space-age Rocketman Concept previews what the future of urban mobility could look like for the BMW sub-brand. It's slightly smaller than the current Cooper, and we're big fans of the dual-hinged doors that pivot outwards, complete with the sills. In fact, the whole concept strikes us as totally cool, and is further proof that Mini's cheekiness can be further evolved to new types of vehicles.

The Rocketman's interior uses a space-efficient three-plus-one seating arrangement, and we're told that the car is powered by a highly efficient powertrain capable of returning 78 miles per gallon on the U.S. cycle. Mini's new Connected infotainment system is displayed via three-dimensional graphics on the interactive speedometer screen, and there's even a steering wheel-mounted joystick to operate the whole slew of functions.

There's a whole host of clever features found within the Rocketman, but above all, the concept's design is what really stands out. See for yourself in the high-res image galleries below.

Live photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Those that dont know the song probably read the title to this article and thought that AB is clearly off their rockers.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a Mini, but I'm not counting enough pedals. *Stern glare*

      As nifty as some of these design elements are, I have my doubts about them working in the cold (it's -25 C here right now, my mind is on these things). You'd get frost all over the tail light thingies and that double-hinge would get pretty jammed up with snow, and good luck getting the trunk drawer open.

      I'm very interested in what production vehicle may come of this though.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Next up: The Mini Tiny Dancer concept
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know it's just a concept, but I really struggle to see why they would even put doors like that on it; there is no parking lot in America that is going to allow you to actually get in or out of the thing, jeez.

      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd like to know what powertrain it has exactly that will be netting it 78mpg.

      Oh wait, that's not on the U.S. cycle, as once again, you can't do a direct conversion.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rocketman?! Should be Rocketeer! Looks just like the helmet he wore.
      • 3 Years Ago
      agreed.. whats with handle brake lights? and the front lights looks like the smart for speed concept without alot of its drama... i dont mind it, but with alot more options from mini, i wont be surprised if ppl just rather go with the cooper...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rocketman? Strange name for a car most men wouldn't buy.