MUNICH -- By 2020 at the earliest, Mini's lineup will have only five models, down from seven today, BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer told sibling publication Automobilwoche.
Since Schwarzenbauer joined the management board in early 2013 in charge of Mini, Rolls-Royce, BMW motorcycles and group aftersales, top executives have discussed whether Mini's lineup should grow or shrink.
Schwarzenbauer, a fan of smaller model lineups, ultimately prevailed. And in the future, he said, the models are intended to be more strongly distinguished from one another.
Of the current seven, only three or four are expected to stick around. The current lineup includes the Hatch, Convertible, Countryman, Clubman, Paceman, Roadster and Coupe.
As for a new fifth model of the future, Mini chief designer Anders Warming has talked about a city car, family car, crossover and convertible.
Warming says the fifth vehicle in the lineup is the "joker." BMW wants to keep its options open and is considering everything from a mini Mini, which has been showcased as the Rocketman concept car, to a bus.
Diana T. Kurylko contributed to this report.