There are rumors that MINI's future product lineup will offer even smaller models to meet the growing demand for this type of cars. In an interview at the Chicago Auto Show, MINI USA boss Jim McDowell said that it’s more likely that MINI will remain the same in size, and that no smaller or bigger models will be launched in the near future.
Nevertheless, McDowell doesn’t deny the possibility for new crossovers to be launched soon. He told AutoGuide that he doesn’t expect a third size or large MINIs.
McDowell said that MINI will “continue to push the limits” with its concept studies that are open for discussion, enabling it to use the study elements into a future production vehicle.
He added that the size of these concepts will vary but the MINI product family will remain true to its values of guaranteeing a ‘premium small car’ experience. For the company to achieve this in the U.S., it will likely stay within the size range that is currently established.
The Paceman concept shown in Detroit at the 2011 North American International Auto Show is the first new product to be launched with a MINI badge. It will be built alongside the MINI Countryman, in Graz, Austria, with operations to be run exclusively by Magna Steyr.
The concept is powered by a John Cooper Works 1.6 liter twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder unit that generates 211 hp and has a maximum torque of 280 Nm (207 lb-ft), which also features an Overboost function. [via AutoGuide]