MINI will revive Minor brand for budget electric vehicle

MINI will revive the Minor brand for a budget electric vehicle, Autocar reported.

As part of the move to an all-electric vehicle by 2030, the British automaker will launch the next generation of 3- and 5-door hatchbacks, the Clubman and Countryman models, as well as a new compact hatchback and minivan.

The MINI electric car lineup will also include a John Cooper Works-branded “charged” electric car and a budget electric car, created in partnership between BMW and Great Wall. It is expected that this model will revive the Minor brand that existed in 1919-1984. The electric car will receive a new platform and components unified with BMW.

The new generation MINI will be built on the FAAR platform, which allows the use of not only internal combustion engines, but also hybrid and electric power plants. Hatchbacks will become more compact than current-generation models, while the crossover, on the contrary, will be larger. It is stated that the cars of the brand will receive a new version of the corporate design.

Recall that currently the only electric car in the MINI lineup is the Cooper SE hatchback, presented in the summer of 2019, as well as the MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW for Formula E.