Mini continued its electrification efforts with the reveal of the new Mini Concept Aceman electric vehicle. The SUV is packed with futuristic animations and lighting, but it also honors Mini’s heritage by retaining the brand’s iconic silhouette and character. While Mini currently offers two electrified models, the all-electric SE Hardtop and plug-in hybrid SE Countryman, the Aceman Concept aims to be more competitive in a rapidly expanding field of electric SUVs.
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The exterior combines past and future
The Aceman Concept is sized below the Countryman. It’s about 10 inches shorter lengthwise, but shares a similar height and width with the larger SUV. According to the brand, the concept features a new design language that retains the classic Mini shape but gives it futuristic features, including an illuminated faux grille with customizable animation and new LED headlights that move away from the traditional round design. . Square wheel arch cladding surrounds 20-inch wheels, and the rear features vertical LED taillights. The rear lights display the Union Jack flag, which also resides in the vehicle’s roof rack as a tribute to Mini’s British roots. An element that goes not sits on the vehicle’s exterior is chrome: Mini says it’s skipped using chrome and leather materials, choosing durable materials instead.
All the fun and games inside
Mini says it aimed for a clean design inside, but even with its flat dashboard and minimalist door panels, the five-seat Concept Aceman’s interior is far from simple: a range of textures, vibrant colors, sound effects, lighting and animation can be found, including an organic light-emitting diode version of Mini’s circular center screen. Mini uses an Android-based operating system for the first time here, and a toggle switch bar sits below to house various controls.
The center display offers a series of customizable modes that display user-generated images as animations or allow occupants to play video games while the vehicle is parked – a feature Mini says can be used while that the car is charging. The Aceman also has a built-in projector that displays moving graphics on the dash and door panels, though it’s unlikely to see production.
The interior makes extensive use of sustainable materials: knit fabrics, a velor-covered steering wheel, waffle weave and embroidered tic-tac-toe graphics on the seats are all part of the playful design.
Will it have a winning litter?
Aside from claiming that its future EVs will offer an “electrified go-kart feel,” Mini isn’t letting us in on any details about the concept’s performance, powertrain or range. In order to compete with the growing list of all-electric SUVs, however, Aceman’s theoretical output would need significantly longer range than the SE Hardtop offers: the brand’s only pure EV is EPA rated at just 114 miles. By comparison, competitors like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6 and Tesla Model Y all get over 300 miles of maximum range.
Although Mini did not provide estimated range numbers, the brand said that the global versions of the all-electric Mini Cooper E and SE will offer up to 248 miles of range, which may indicate similar range for the Aceman.
More details are expected when the Mini Concept Aceman makes its full debut the week of August 23rd at Gamescom 2022, a video game convention in Germany.
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