Mini is one of the imaginative car brands around, with a range of unique road cars that are always able to stand out from the crowd.
But it’s Mini’s concept cars that really allow its designers to show their creative flair, with the latest result being the new Concept Aceman, revealed today. Introducing a raft of creative details, various elements of it will also make their way into production Minis in the future.
Here’s what you need to know about it…
It previews a new Mini crossover
Mini has kept its line-up relatively slim in recent years – the Hatch, Clubman, Convertible and Countryman crossover. However, the brand has said it’s looking to expand its range of models, and that’s where the Aceman comes in.
Not to be confused with the Paceman, which was sold between 2012 and 2016, this concept quite closely previews a production Mini crossover due in 2024, and which will sit between the Hatch and Countryman in the line-up.
Shows off a new design direction for Mini
Measuring just over four metres long, the Aceman is noticeably smaller in size than crossovers like the Nissan Juke, with Mini trying to keep the model, well, mini.
It also serves as design inspiration for the firm’s upcoming models, not only the Aceman but the new-generation Hatch, which is due on sale next year. Key highlights include a new ‘face’, including new headlights that are a departure from the round shape Mini’s have featured for years. There’s also a new octagonal grille surround, which is likely to be illuminated on production cars like it is on this concept, if not in quite the same colour.
Minimalist dashboard features new central OLED display
Inside, Mini has worked to declutter much of the Aceman’s interior, which is light, airy and packed with space – particularly impressive considering its small dimensions.
Sustainability is key to it too – as it will be on future Minis – with the concept’s interior free of all leather, with recycled textiles used throughout the cabin. Another main addition to the Aceman concept is its large central OLED central display, which is a thin piece of glass that will integrate a full screen, rather than only part of it like current Mini models. This is highly likely to feature on forthcoming cars from the brand.
Mini has previously confirmed that it will rapidly accelerate its EV line-up, and that by 2030 it will be an electric-only firm. Its last model with a combustion engine will also be launched in 2025.
Key to this switch to electric cars will be the Aceman, as this model will only be sold as an EV from launch, though Mini is yet to confirm powertrain details. It’s expected to use a next-generation setup, though, and not be shared with the current Mini Electric.
It’s still got a fun side!
Mini is also showing its fun side with the Aceman Concept, not only in terms of its design but also in its operation.
Mini is maximising personalisation, not only with all the funky colour combinations used, but also in its new ‘Experience Modes’, which can transform the dashboard into a digital service, which drivers and passengers can enjoy and use for entertainment while waiting for the car to charge.