It looks as if the Mini stable could get a little more crowded. Inside Line reports that Mini's parent, BMW, may be considering a number of new models, including yet another CUV, a sports car, and a four-door. The additions, if they're all greenlit, would bump the Mini line to a total of 10 variants. According to Harald Kreuger, a recently appointed brand board member, the company is also considering a new model positioned below the current Cooper. Such a creation would likely borrow heavily from the Rocketman Concept we saw at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

And what of this sports car? IL reports the machine is envisioned as a rival to the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and would carry both a price tag and a fun-to-drive factor to match. We doubt Mini is interested in dabbling in rear-wheel drive, however.

The report says the sedan would be more important in overseas markets like China. Mini says sales are doing well in the People's Republic, and that if they maintain their upward momentum, the figures could top the U.S. numbers. Head over to Inside Line to check out the full report.


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      Matthew Dawson
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's understandable why BMW'd do this, as MINI is the only lower-price brand they have and they don't want to debase the BMW brand too much. But, having said that, I'm not sure how well this will all play out. I think one of the reasons MINI kind of works is because the lineup is limited to a smallish number of cars. If the range gets too big, it could ruin what MINI stands for in the eyes of the buying public. It should be pointed out that BMW still own the rights to the Triumph and Riley names, and there have been rumors for years that they are on the cusp of reviving those names. So, it is possible that these new vehicles might not end up as MINIs at all. But, of course, bringing back Triumph and/or Riley comes with its own problems, such as marketing and introducing new brands and also setting up new dealers and showrooms. All in all, I'm interested in how this plays out. And if we get the Rocketman, then I'll be super excited.
      bleexeo
      • 2 Years Ago
      A sedan?! Come on already, they should have a 4-door GTI competitor by now.
        Dayv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bleexeo
        One could argue that the Clubman S fills that role...
      aatbloke1967
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder how many people on here actually remember - or have any decent knowledge of - the original Issigonis-designed Mini. The original Austin and Morris models were so successful that within just ver a decade they had spawned an estate (the Traveller), the Clubman and GT models (intended to replace the original but never did), a pick-up truck, a commercial van, and the Riley Elf three-box saloon version. Then there was the Moke beach-buggy. The cars's success prompted Issigonis to design the larger ADO16 which was ultimately badged with Austin, Morris, Riley, MG and luxury Vanden Plas monikers, as a two and four door saloon and an estate. It was sold in the States as the America. In essence, it was the equivalent of today's Countryman. Issigonis also later designed the larger ADO14 and 17 cars, which became the 1800 and Maxi respectively, both inspired from the design and success of the original Mini. It wasn't until the 1990's that Austin Rover gave the Mini its own branding, and since BMW took it over they've done nothing different with the Mini and its numerous variants than Issigonis did 50 years ago, albeit merely under one brand.
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @aatbloke1967
        The difference there is that all those derivatives shared the same Mini ethos: The same mechanical packaging and chassis dimensions. BWM, ever the niche *****, is turning Mini into just another car brand.
          ThomasP
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Shiftright
          So? I would argue that all of Mini's current models still follow the Mini Ethos. The Countryman, the largest in the mini portfolio, is still among the smallest crossovers on the market. Comparable only to the Nissan Juke in size.
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      We are aware that BMW is contemplating a full range of FWD vehicles for the future, Mini might just be their playground to get their hands wet before they make the plunge. Also we are aware of the new partnership between Toyota and BMW for EV and sports car technology: http://www.autoblog.com/2012/06/29/bmw-and-toyota-to-partner-on-sports-car-and-ev-tech/ MIni contemplating a sports car, sedan, etc...BMW contemplating future FWD products, BMW partnership with Toyota. Coincidence maybe, but you be the judge.
      MacProMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bring the market more options, why not? Good business move in my opinion. The few that whine about brand dilution I believe to be the minority not the majority. I had the first generation and still enjoy the newer variants. The DNA still remains, fun, safe, efficient, stylish... I don\'t agree with holding on to the past and boxing a business model in like that...
      Sorten Borten
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ugh! A sedan? What's next, a MINIvan?
        Robert Fahey
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sorten Borten
        That could work, since most "minivans" are the now size of aircraft carriers.
      AlexMcyDee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Shocking. Another Mini posting on Autoblog. What is the ratio of Minis sold to Autoblog posts 1:1?
      Robert Fahey
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bring back the original Mini size and call it the Mini Mini.
      aet1972
      • 2 Years Ago
      I get it - they need more MINI to meet fuel economy requirements of the future - but as a 1st (really 2nd) gen MINI owner - ENOUGH already - the brand is diluted and becoming a joke. I have no interest in any of the new MINIs and if this trend to mainstream the brand continues, they will loose their following and become just another toyota-esque brand with people buying them for fuel-efficiency and that's all.
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @aet1972
        No it isn't - if you knew how many cars the original Mini spawned, you wouldn't be making thee comments.
      Scr
      • 2 Years Ago
      They are already diluting the brand so much that every model they come out with steals from one already in production. There is also a great number of competitiors now in the upscale/designer small car category that are horning in on Mini's small territory. Let alone that the whole brand is built on a fad car that their owners eventually grow out of. And when they do, they abandoned the brand all together. What Mini really needs to do is focus on quality. They are perennially near the bottom in reliablity and initial problem surveys. Though interested in an S, I was smart enough no to buy one, but had a number of colleagues who did. They are hateful little shop-queen clown cars with a BMW full sized maintenance bill.
      Temple
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mini will soon build a full-sized pickup.
      wtvlol
      • 2 Years Ago
      MUST HAVE MORE VERSIONS
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