BMW had previously denied that the new car would receive a hybrid powertrain
The third-generation Mini will be available as a plug-in hybrid, Autocar has learned.
Mini boss Peter Schwarzenbauer said the new model would “definitely” get a plug-in hybrid option. However, a pure-electric version of the car was still “under investigation”.
Schwarzenbauer, who was speaking to industry journal ANE, also revealed that BMW “had in mind” between eight and 10 variants for the Mk3 Mini line-up, more than today’s seven-model line-up.
It’s possible that not all of today’s Minis will be directly replaced.
The 2014 Mini is expected to make its debut towards the end of the year, and forms the first of 11 new Mini models and up to 12 BMWs that will be spun off the firm's new UKL1 platform.