After the Vw Up! and the Skoda Citigo, Volkswagen Group unveiled today the 2012 Seat Mii. Set to go on sale next spring is the Seat Mii, which is the latest city car that had been based on the Volkswagen Up. VW is offering three city cars from its lineup. The first is the £8000 Up, which will start selling this January.
The second is Skoda's £7500 Citigo that will go on sale in the summer. Mii is the third but so far, the pricing information has yet to be released. Sources claim that it will be priced lower than £8000. Just like the Skoda and Volkswagen, the Mii is available with two petrol engine options.
These are 1.0-litre, three-cylinder units that are offered with either 59bhp or 74bhp. Another option is a five-speed automatic gearbox. Seat will also offer an Ecomotive version that offers 63.7mpg and has CO2 emissions of 97g/km.
This means that it is exempted from London's Congestion Charge or any road tax. Only a three-door version will be offered at the launch but later this year, a five-door will be released.
The prices of the entry-level versions of the Citigo, Mii and Up are about the same and the cars’ mechanisms are identical. It’s likely that buyers will make their choice by considering the cars’ appearance or by the equipment level.
According to Seat, the Mii can be offered with City Safety Assist, where a laser identifies that there are other vehicles in front and could determine if they are driving or are stationary.
A warning is sounded if an accident is about to happen at speeds of less than 18mph. The brakes are instantly applied when the driver fails to act. The Mii is available with the Seat Portable System, which comes with a five-inch portable screen that has both sat-nav and a hands-free phone system. In addition, it has an 'Eco-trainer' function that aids in teaching owners how to drive more economically.
At just 3.55 meters long, the SEAT Mii neatly fits into almost any parking space. However, despite its size, it can still comfortably accommodate four people, thanks to its optimum use of space. Even more impressive is the fact that it also offers the largest luggage compartment or trunk space in its class, with its 251-liter boot. What’s more, its rear seat can be folded, thereby increasing its overall capacity to as much as 951 liters.
SEAT Mii does not stop at city boundaries. Thanks to its spaciousness, its sporty dynamics, and its excellent comfort levels – all of which are a result of its low overall weight – the Mii is a compelling companion for long-distance drives.
Dr. Matthias Rabe, VP for Research and Development at SEAT, said that the SEAT Mii combines innovative technologies that bring about a well-balanced overall feel. With its low weight and its modern drivetrains, the SEAT Mii is sporty and, at the same time, efficient.
When it comes to design, the car has a modern-Mediterranean style, with clear and unmistakable characteristics that make it instantly recognizable as a SEAT vehicle. Its front end carries SEAT’s typical arrow visual. Meanwhile, its profile is distinguishable through its powerful wheel arches and its slender roof pillars.
Additionally, the SEAT Mii’s rear end boasts a new light design that features triangular lamp units. Also a primary consideration is its perfect proportions, which comprise a 1.64-meter width, a 2.42-meter-long wheelbase, and exceptionally short front and rear overhangs. Also, the car’s steep rear-end facilitates its excellent spaciousness. Its optimal functionality is important in the super-compact vehicle segment.