Mini Urbanaut Sounds Like It’s in the Product Plan

If Mini does indeed build it, a production Urbanaut is still a number of years off—long enough away to lease a Countryman (or two) in the meantime.

Mini could make the Urbanaut principle, however except at the very least seven years approximately.
The principle has attracted much interest inside and outside Mini circles.
If constructed, it would certainly roll on an electric skateboard framework.

In its very own miniaturized way, the Mini Urbanaut concept microvan has actually created rather a mix. Not as much of a stir as the Volkswagen ID. Buzz due in 2023, yet people are thrilled by the Mini idea’s form, size, and also partying utility. It’s a microbus outside and a lounge act on the within, with modular seats that can host a litany of people on their way to clubbin’. Or whatever the children are doing nowadays. As part of the peripheral events that surround the Los Angeles Automobile Show, we obtained a closeup consider the Urbanaut and also a possibility to discuss it with Mini’s “Chief Motorer” and also Vice Head Of State, Mike Peyton. This meeting has actually been gently modified for length and also clearness.

Autoweek: So why make an Urbanaut idea?

Mike Peyton: I think the Urbanaut’s a truly fine example of just how we think. It will broaden the brand. There’s definitely ideas on, just how do we take some of that adaptable styling and a lot of the lasting design that Oliver (Heilmer, head of Mini Layout) discussed, a lot of the products that are in there. It’s not as well away from what we think is possible; possibly it’s a little bit a lot more mid-term, a bit longer-term, however we think would still be a fantastic fit for Mini, and make a lot of sense for Mini.

AW: A typical item cycle is about five years, say, so fast-forward 5 years from when you start electrification of Mini in 2023, that would be 2028. That’s a ball park that I just threw that out, you didn’t, however would that be close to when we ‘d see a production Urbanaut?

Peyton: It might be someplace in that world. Because starting in late 2023 is when we truly start to upgrade the Mini portfolio, we begin to include even more electrified items. And after that, as soon as some of those are securely grown in our portfolio, that’s where we assume there’s kind of this development and development stage, which gets us right into some different homes I assume maintains us relevant in even more sectors, and also improves particular facets of our brand name allure, while still being very real to those Mini driving features and all the important things individuals come to anticipate from the brand.