Mini Aceman Concept: Mini’s new electric crossover for the city

Mini presents its new electric city crossover with the Aceman concept. 4.05 m long, it will complete the city car range in 2023 alongside the tailgate (mini 3-door). The latter will also be the first production model to receive this new face. It will be officially launched in early 2023, followed later that year by the Aceman and Countryman.

Its name refers to the late Paceman, which was a three-door Countryman coupe. The Oxford brand takes the idea of ​​​​the coupe SUV, but this time adding two doors and only electric motors. The Mini 3- and 5-door and the Countryman will continue to offer a thermal range in parallel.

With a length of 4.05 m, the Aceman is positioned in the area between the hatch and the Countryman.
With a length of 4.05 m, the Aceman is positioned in the area between the hatch and the Countryman.
The Aceman takes the Paceman's SUV coupe concept, but this time with two additional doors.
The Aceman takes the Paceman’s SUV coupe concept, but this time with two additional doors.

“Mini’s strategy is based on 3 pillars: establishing a 100% electric range by 2030, expanding the brand’s presence in Asia and enriching the SUV range,” explains Stefanie Wurst, Director of Mini. With the new Aceman, the manufacturer fulfills all criteria.

From 2024, the Aceman will meet similar new competitors from Audi, Cupra and Toyota. To date, rare electric city SUVs such as Hyundai Kona, Opel Mokka-e, DS3 Crossback E-tense have such a compact format.

LED lighting plays an important role in the Aceman concept.  The grille and optics are customizable.
LED lighting plays an important role in the Aceman concept. The grille and optics are customizable.

This model will also be one of the first of the new electric range to be produced at the new Chinese factory in Zhangjiagang that Mini shares in a partnership with Great Wall. Mini reproduces the same strategy as Smart with the number 1 and many manufacturers today: design in Europe and production in China.

The concept has a very large width, almost 2 meters.  The production model should be less impressive.
The concept has a very large width, almost 2 meters. The production model should be less impressive.
Some details like the spoiler should be transferred to the production model.
Some details like the spoiler should be transferred to the production model.

The Aceman shows a stocky silhouette enhanced by a large width (1.99m), low height (1.59m) and imposing 20-inch rims. The roundness, typical of the Mini design, gives way to some body creases on the fenders, the wheel arches and the bonnet. The hatch will also follow this trend of “robustness”.

Mini Aceman Concept: Mini's new electric crossover for the city
Mini Aceman Concept: Mini's new electric crossover for the city

The taillight signature is customizable.

Charismatic design elements such as Union Jack-shaped rear lights, octagonal grille and front optics have been modernized through extensive work on the LED lighting. All of these elements are customizable. For example, the customer can choose between several light signatures for the taillights, including the Union Jack, and several colors for the stripe surrounding the radiator grille.

The Aceman concept is based on 20'' aero rims.
The Aceman concept is based on 20” aero rims.
The Union Jack shaped roof rack could be used in a more sober version on the production version.
The Union Jack shaped roof rack could be used in a more sober version on the production version.

The very minimalist interior goes back to the origins of the brand and follows the principles of its founder Alec Issigonis. Namely to reduce design and controls to the essentials. The goal is achieved because the Aceman’s cockpit consists of a steering wheel, a circular touchscreen and a center console reduced to the bare essentials. The production model will follow this minimalist trend.

The interior is inspired by the '60s Mini with a steering wheel, speedometer and mini center console.
The interior is inspired by the ’60s Mini with a steering wheel, speedometer and mini center console.
The circular OLED screen will actually be present on the production model.  It welcomes an Android operating system for the first time.
The circular OLED screen will actually be present on the production model. It welcomes an Android operating system for the first time.
Mini Aceman Concept: Mini's new electric crossover for the cityThe fabric-covered dashboard reflects the light projections from the ceiling light. This animation is accompanied by a sound environment.

The floating built-in circular OLED touchscreen is a world first in the automotive industry, reports the manufacturer. It is equipped with an Android operating system for the first time in Mini. It allows linking with the curious dashboard. The latter is covered with fabric and designed as a soundbar that extends over the doors. Its design allows images projected from the ceiling to be reflected, accompanied by a sound environment to immerse occupants in a sensory experience, explains Mini. The driver always benefits from a new dashboard.

Light and sound are part of this concept, which reacts (inside and outside) according to the conditions encountered. For example, when the car is unlocked or charged, a sound and light cutscene occurs.

The seats are upholstered in patchwork-style embossed fabrics.  With screen printing
The seats are upholstered in patchwork-style embossed fabrics. Featuring a “XoXo” screenprint symbolizing a hugging emoticon.
The lack of a center console allows for modular storage space that extends between seats to the rear seats.
The lack of a center console allows for modular storage space that extends between seats to the rear seats.

The relocation of the start switch, gear selector and parking brake under the dashboard has freed up storage space on the floor between the driver and passenger seats, which extends to the rear seats. A drink holder and various storage modules can be installed on it.

Through this concept, Mini wants to offer the 5 occupants a happy, pleasant and fun environment. The many sound and light animations are accompanied by a colorful and material-rich interior. The seats, for example, are upholstered in “Desigual” style embossed fabrics that mix textures, colors and reliefs. The steering wheel and door handles are upholstered in velvet. Finally, don’t wait for leather, the Aceman doesn’t offer any.

Stefanie Wurst, Director of Mini and Oliver Heilmer, Head of Design at the presentation of the Aceman concept in Düsseldorf.
Stefanie Wurst, Director of Mini and Oliver Heilmer, Head of Design at the presentation of the Aceman concept in Düsseldorf.

The rear seat space seems reasonable for a vehicle of this size (it was impossible to get in) and especially for the legs compared to the DS3 Crossback E-Tense. For the time being, Mini remains discreet about the volume of the trunk, the engines and the capacity of the batteries of its production model. What is certain is that the capacity will be greater than that of the current Cooper SE (32.6 kWh). The Aceman’s electric design allows the batteries to be placed in the floor for greater capacity. It is estimated at around 50kWh, the gross capacity of the package that will equip the Aceman.

The Mini Aceman concept will have its first public appearance on August 23 at the Gamescom 2022 exhibition, dedicated to video games and taking place in Cologne.

Kaddouri Ismail

I am Ismail from Morocco, I work as a blogger and online marketer. I am also the founder of the “Mofid” site, in which I constantly publish many important articles in the field of technology, taking advantage of more than 5 years of experience working in the field. I focus on publishing in a group of areas, the most important of which are programming, e-marketing, digital currencies and freelance work.

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