A new four-door MINI complete with a trunk may be the next model to come from the British automaker.
Autocar cites an unnamed MINI insider who says a sedan is the next logical step for the brand. With its new third generation of vehicles, MINI is looking to convey a more grown up feel rather than the quirky and fun attitude of the cars recently. MINI also wants to expand to have a five model lineup, so adding a new body style makes sense.
As for a name, it is suggested that MINI could reach into its past for the Riley moniker, a reference to its classic Riley Elf and Wolseley Hornet models.
The model would ride on the same front-wheel drive platform that underpins the BMW X1 and MINI Clubman models. It would likely also share the Clubman’s styling and wheelbase.
It would be targeted at the U.S. and China, where hatchback models don’t sell as strongly as in world markets. “For example, in Asia and the US, the sedan segment is very big. This is very interesting to us, of course,” Ralph Mahler, vice president of Mini’s product management told Autocar.
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