MINI has an ace up its sleeve with new model

MINI celebrates the premiere of the first crossover model for the premium small car segment - the new MINI Aceman. The new MINI Aceman will be available in South Africa by the end of 2024.

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What’s new?

It is brand new and combines compact exterior dimensions with as much room as possible for occupants and an all-electric drive. The Aceman provides space for five comfortable seats within a vehicle length of just over four metres. The ace up its sleeve is the range of up to 406 kilometres in the WLTP test cycle.

Exterior:

With its striking front-end and robust contours, the MINI crossover model epitomises agility and self-assured presence. Measuring 4.07 metres in length, 1.75 metres in width and 1.50 metres in height, the MINI Aceman is positioned between the MINI Cooper and the MINI Countryman.

Featuring a streamlined front, short overhangs and the functional two-box design, the brand’s hallmark “Clever Use of Space” design principle has been given a new, distinctive character, while the all-electric drive opens up a whole range of fresh possibilities in terms of vehicle design.

The front-end design of the MINI Aceman is a reinterpretation of typical MINI design elements such as the expressive headlights and the characteristic front grille. The grille surround in the MINI Aceman extends into the solid underride protection on the front apron.

The rear of the vehicle reflects its broad and stable stance. The hallmark MINI upright rear lights frame the centre section of the rear of the vehicle. With three distinctive graphics, the Matrix rear lights depict the character of the MINI Aceman in differing ways.

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Interior:

The new MINI design style “Charismatic Simplicity” is expressed particularly clearly in the interior. With its consistent reduction in terms of interior design, the MINI Aceman follows the original vision of Alec Issigonis, the inventor of the classic Mini.

Spacious door interiors along with comfortable dimensions in the shoulder area and convenient legroom give the bright cockpit an open and amply proportioned atmosphere, while the panoramic glass roof enhances this effect by providing additional light from above.

In the dark, the ambient lighting along the roof frame creates the selected lighting mood in the interior. The free-standing door handles and the speaker covers in the new Vibrant Silver finish are aligned diagonally and create a fascinating contrast with the horizontal design in the front area of the cockpit.

The amply sized rear of the vehicle offers space for three passengers. Thanks to the 60:40 folding rear seat backrest, the luggage compartment can be extended from 300 litres to up to 1 005 litres as required.

With innovative technologies, the circular OLED display lends the interior additional expressive quality. With a diameter of 240 mm, the central instrument features an extremely flat design and a high-quality glass surface. The innovative MINI Operating System 9 enables all driving functions to be operated intuitively by touch or voice. A centre for both comfort and experience, the MINI Interaction Unit is handled in a similar way to a smartphone.

Powertrain:

The MINI Aceman is available solely with an all-electric drive, enabling locally emission-free mobility. At market launch, the new MINI Aceman will be available in the MINI Aceman E (298- to 310-kilometre range) and the MINI Aceman SE (382- to 406-kilometre range).

The 135-kW electric motor of the MINI Aceman E generates a torque of 290 Nm and that of the MINI Aceman SE is good for 160 kW and 330 Nm.

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