MINI Coupe, Roadster Axed?

MINI has some big changes scheduled for its lineup, and the current Coupe and Roadster aren’t a part of the picture.

The British automaker plans on building 18 models off its two new architectures within the next five years, with a new sports car to succeed the current Coupe and Roadster models. Though the vehicle will share MINI’s new front-wheel-drive architecture, the new sports car will look entirely different than what’s currently offered in the Coupe and Roadster.

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The planned model will be offered in both hard- and soft-top variants in Cooper S and John Cooper Works (JCW) form when it’s introduced in late 2015 or early 2016. Both the Coupe and Roadster have been struggling in the sales department, not even moving 15,000 units a year. Recently, MINI unveiled its Vision concept which hints at what we can expect in its new sports car, which will undoubtedly borrow some of the carbon-fiber technology BMW has invested in its new i3 electric car.

GALLERY: MINI Vision Concept

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