discovery of images of the 100% electric concept

A MINI concept car is always a welcome surprise. So an electric crossover concept is of particular interest to us. Heading to Düsseldorf, to discover the MINI Concept Aceman.

MINI gave us a glimpse of the aesthetic and technological direction of its future electric models. The manufacturer has stepped out of its comfort zone, with the very first 100% electric crossover, unique: the MINI Concept Aceman. In the program, a premium and family city car located between the traditional MINI Cooper and MINI Countryman. A concept that also foreshadows the fun, immersive and digital experience the brand is targeting.

The MINI Concept Aceman in terms of appearance: “Charismatic Simplicity”

This is the name of the new design era signed by MINI. But what does simplicity and charisma mean? Concretely, this translates into a car that concentrates on the essentials of what makes a MINI. A modern return to basics consisting of an octagonal grille, a muscular beltline, and a refined rear section. The visual signature is distinguished by the bright and dancing animations of the matrix LED lights, front and rear. The iconic “Union Jack” flag crosses the MINI Concept Aceman from front to back. Grille, wheel arches, roof racks, rear lights… and again, this is only for the exterior. The “so British” DNA continues inside, with the same roof racks visible from the panoramic roof, and an element between the windscreen and the dashboard. All elements of the concept will of course not carry over to the production model…

But the whole is faithful to the new and conservative vision of the brand. The MINI Concept Aceman adopts an “Icy Sunglow Green” turquoise livery, with golden reflections in the perfect light. The traditional metallic English green (British Racing Green) is available, as it covers the roof of the electric crossover. Also note the orange-pink iridescent reflections that add a touch of visual dynamism to the Aceman Concept. Its dimensions: 4.05 m in length, 1.99 m in width, and 1.59 m in height. The proportions are rewarding, with 20-inch wheels drawn on 4 corners, and therefore the muscular sides. The hood sculpting and off-road visual attributes contribute to the rugged, urban crossover personality that the Aceman exudes. Finally, the aerodynamic touch is the match, with two rear “spoilers” in the upper position and in the lower position. Special mention of the “MINI Companion” welcome lighting, whose animation can be personalized.

Neo-retro inspirations and modes of experience

The Aceman Concept – whose name will be retained for the production model – welcomes us to a cabin as original as high-tech. But before we talk about the tech, let’s talk about the design. The interior of the crossover is based on three key elements faithful to the classic MINI. A steering wheel, a central counter (here a very sophisticated OLED screen), and a rocker switch at the bottom. On either side of the screen, the dashboard comes to life thanks to image projections across its surface. It is sent directly from the headliner of the MINI Concept Aceman. Depending on the atmosphere and modes selected, the projections can extend the content displayed on the central screen to the door panels. Enough to strengthen the immersion of the board through a bright and colorful experience, in line with the glow of the crossover. Do not forget the practical and modular center console, which even completely slides from front to back.

Another new, production model system will be based on Android. So the MINI Aceman will support Android Auto! Three experience modes are provided: “Personal”, “Pop-up”, and “Vivid”. The first one allows you to customize images and widgets on the center screen. The second is aimed at urban adventurers, suggesting ideas for outings, restaurants, and points of interest according to their desires. The latest promises to make stopping at traffic lights or bollards less annoying. This is by “extending” the area displayed on the dashboard, for “fun interactions” that remain defined. In Automobile Propre, for example, we can imagine the projection of eco-driving advice, or even a small anecdote. Why not mini-games, but that would include projection with touch recognition on the dashboard. In any case, we know that the MINI manages to stay fun without falling into distraction.

MINI Concept Aceman: what performance can be seen?

In terms of upholstery, the MINI Concept Aceman can count on an uncompromising “pop” atmosphere. The electric crossover can accommodate 5 occupants in colorful seats. Xs, O’s, patches, purple belts, glamorous topstitching… a colorful program! All without chrome or animal-derived leather for a sustainable and eco-responsible design. A true conceptual study, the MINI Concept Aceman reminds us of the Renault Scenic Vision: a showcase of technological innovations and the stylistic language of future generations of brand models. Except the Aceman can be real as it has a production model that is 95% consistent with the concept car. The final presentation will take place for 2023, and the first deliveries should follow in 2024. Note that the first 100% electric MINI 3-door will arrive before then. The MINI Aceman production will be done entirely in China.

The MINI Concept Aceman, on the other hand, did not reveal any technical data to us. However, we can already imagine the benefits of the MINI Cooper SE. In other words an electric traction of 135 kW (184 hp) and 270 Nm, but a bigger battery. It can increase to 50 kWh (against 32.6 kWh) for the announced autonomy of almost 400 km. All for charging up to 130 kW, ie a theoretical fast charging in less than 30 minutes. Different versions are definitely in the catalog. A purely hypothetical estimate, but may be consistent with the family-urban vocation of Aceman. We will update this article as soon as we know more about it. In the meantime, let us know in the comments what you expect in terms of performance and battery life!

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