MINI readies Aceman crossover for April launch

James Batchelor

2 Feb 2024

MINI has completed final tests of its soon-to-be-launched Aceman electric crossover. 

The BMW-owned British brand has published a series of photographs of the newcomer completing hot weather testing ahead of the car's reveal on April 24 at the Auto China show.

The Aceman will sit between the new Cooper hatchback and Countryman SUV models, and effectively replaces the Clubman estate car. It'll be MINI's first car to be launched purely as an EV. 

Though wearing camouflage, the pictures show the Aceman's raised hatchback bodywork and Countryman-like headlights – it's a look that doesn't differ too much from the Aceman concept car of 2022. 

Under the crossover body the Aceman uses a stretched version of the new Cooper's 'Spotlight' platform, and measures some 192mm longer, 23mm wider and 130mm taller than the dinkier hatchback. It'll be powered by a 54.2kWh battery pack, giving a likely range of around 250 miles.

The Aceman will pinch much of the Cooper and Countryman's interior, with the dashboard set to be dominated by MINI's new 9.4-inch circular OLED touchscreen. It'll be a five-seater, though, rather than the four seats offered in the Cooper.

Deliveries should commence by the end of the year with the initial first wave of cars being built in BMW's factory in China. From 2026, though, production will move to MINI's UK plant in Oxford.

Prices are likely to start at just under £40,000 to allow the Aceman to compete with the Volvo EX30, Hyundai Kona Electric and Renault Megane E-Tech.

Aceman will be electric only, unlike Cooper and Countryman models

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