Mini: Many variants to join the lineup
BMW's Mini brand could have between eight and 10 variants in the future.
Mini switched to the group's UKL front-wheel-drive architecture with the debut of the new Cooper hatchback this year. All of today's models and their variants will use the new architecture.
Here's a look at Mini's future product plans.
Cooper: The third-generation hatchback went on sale this year. Responding to consumer complaints, Mini has gone mainstream with its interior layout.
The speedometer and tachometer have been moved from the center stack to a spot above the steering wheel on the redesigned hardtop. The window and door lock controls have been moved from the center console to the door.
The convertible goes on sale in 2015.
An electric vehicle or a hybrid may also come in 2015.
The Hardtop Four-Door, a five-door, five-passenger hatchback, goes on sale in January. The wheelbase added 2.9 inches, the length grew 6.3 inches and there are 1.8 inches of additional shoulder room.
Countryman: The crossover got a mild freshening this year. It will be redesigned in the summer of 2017.
Paceman: The two-door version of the crossover was freshened this year. A redesign is expected in 2018.
Clubman: A concept for a longer and wider Clubman model shown at the 2014 Geneva auto show is likely to resemble the production version.
The Clubman five-seat concept has four doors instead of three in the current car. It is 10 inches longer, 7 inches wider and 1 inch taller than the current model.
It is expected to go on sale next year and compete with vehicles such as the Fiat 500L.
Roadster: The two-seater will be redesigned in 2017.
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