Early last year Mini hinted that a new ‘mini Mini’ model could be in the pipeline, ready to sit beneath the normal Cooper. It was believed it would be based on the Mini Rocketman Concept unveiled at the 2011 Geneva motor show.
However, it seems there might not be a future for an ultra small Mini after all. BMW has signed off a range of new Mini vehicles that will join the line-up in the not-too-distant future. A Mini Rocketman ‘mini Mini’ is apparently nowhere to be seen.
CAR magazine reports that a number of factors have been assessed and are restricting the production green light.
The main hurdle is down to the ultra-small nature of such a car. It is understood development costs to ensure a mini Mini would meet all safety requirements, such as stability and crash testing, would be too high.
With an overall length of 3419mm for the Rocketman Concept, it is believed it would require loads of engineering to develop an all-new platform which keeps within respectable safety margins. In concept form, the city car was around 304mm shorter than the normal Mini Cooper.
Production was slated to take place in 2016. The model was seen as a step towards taking the brand back to its roots, unlike the range of modern models which seem to be getting bigger and bigger.