Hot on the heels of the Mini Cooper SE launch, reports from Europe claim the compact 2011 Rocketman concept could go into production as a China-focused EV next decade.
"We’re advancing plans for a model along the lines of the Rocketman. It’s a car we have been looking at for a long time, but to build it profitably at the price point we think customers are prepared to pay, you need a joint venture partner to share costs," a 'senior BMW official' said.
"Great Wall Motors has provided that opportunity with a shared electric car platform that will be used by Mini."
According to the report, the car will be designed with the 2011 concept pictured here in mind, but it'll be purely electric. Original plans for the car included a range of efficient three- and four-cylinder internal-combustion powertrains, but the reborn Rocketman will be a part of BMW's goal to have 25 plug-in hybrid and pure-electric cars on sale by 2023.
Initially, BMW had planned to build the Rocketman in partnership with Peugeot, but talks about platform sharing broke down.
The report claims the electric Rocketman could be revealed in 2022.