MINI will unveil a new concept car at the Geneva Auto Show next March that will foreshadow a future model to slot in underneath the current Cooper range and compete with the likes of the Smart fortwo and Toyota iQ. Possibly called the MINI Minor, the concept car will be based on a shortened version of the current hatchback platform, although it’s not known if a production model would continue to use such a layout. The car wouldn’t be a four-seater, either (not that the current MINI really is anyway), but instead either offer just two seats, or a 3-seat layout like the iQ.
Along with showcasing a potential new vehicle, MINI will use the Minor concept to introduce a new gasoline engine (possibly the 3-cylinder powerplant expected to be offered in the next MINI Cooper). It will also give a hint at MINI’s future design direction. But don’t expect any major chances, as MINI is expected to keep an evolutionary approach to its classic retro style.