Mini is considering the next production real model to be a premium compact sedan the “Mini Superleggera”. The Mini Superleggera concept was first unveiled in 2014 and since then, there have been countless rumours of it to be a production real model. The concept was created in collaboration with BMW Group. Though, the concept model is an electric roadster blending British style with the Italian coachbuilding tradition.
In an interview with Automotive News, Mr Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW board member in charge of Mini said there is a possibility for a production version of the Superleggera concept, but it’s hard to make business for the model, as the volume would be low, but the price would be considerably higher than Mini's current vehicles. Adding to this, Schwarzenbauer said, "Economically it is easier to put a sedan on paper than a great halo car. As you know, halo cars are economically not always great. It is a trade-off: How much does it do for the brand, and how do you make it feasible?"
Apart from hinting a new compact sedan, Schwarzenbauer confirmed that the Superleggera variant will be a plug-in hybrid variant and an electric vehicle. The plug-in hybrid is scheduled to arrive in the next two years, while the electric vehicle is still in the planning stage and the company wants to work more on the battery technology in the next few years.
Source: Automotive News