This will be the brand’s first new model nameplate in a decade.
The Aceman will be positioned between the Cooper and the Countryman.
This electric-only vehicle will be launched as a 2025 model.
Mini appears to be gearing up for the official launch of the Aceman sub-compact crossover, its first new model in ten years and its first fully electric one ever.
Previewed by a concept, this upcoming model has now been spotted testing out on German roads with only minimal camouflage.
This makes it apparent that the production version of the Aceman will mostly stay true to the concept’s design, apart from its most outlandish features such as the LED roof, which will reportedly be adapted for the final product.
The result is a small crossover that looks like a slightly larger version of the regular five-door Mini, without the more “rugged” appearance of the SUV-based Countryman.
Inside, the Aceman is expected to receive the same type of minimalist interior that was developed for the new three and five-door Mini Cooper, which means a circular display installed in the center will be the only screen on the dashboard. Speaking of which, the dashboard is reported to be offered with either knitted patterns made of sustainable cloth or synthetic leather.
According to the brand’s CEO, Stefanie Wurst, the Aceman will be an indirect replacement for the Mini Clubman, a sort of station wagon variant that was famous for its barn-style rear doors.
Since the Aceman will use a stretched version of the platform used by the Mini Cooper, it is not surprising to learn it will also share its powertrains.
This means this model will only be offered in front-wheel drive form, with two choices of power output ranging from 181 horsepower in the S and 215 horsepower in the SE version.
The standard 40 kWh battery will also be shared with the Cooper, but the additional weight of the Aceman is likely to result in a range penalty over the smaller car’s 240 mile (386 kilometre) claimed figure.
Starting in 2026, a more powerful JCW version equipped with the same 54 kWh battery as the SE version will join the lineup to appeal more directly to driving enthusiasts.
Mini expects the upcoming Aceman to have the broadest appeal of any Mini product ever because it will straddle the line between a few categories in terms of size and pricing.
The automaker also expects it to sell well in Europe, Asia, and particularly in China, where it will be manufactured.
It is still unclear if Mini intends to offer the Aceman in North America, but given that the previous Clubman was sold on our shores from 2007 to 2022 (Canada) and 2024 (USA), it wouldn’t be unlikely for the new model to reach Canadian and American showrooms following its official launch as a 2025 model.