Mini’s third generation of cars will be pared back to just five models, according to the Peter Schwarzenbauer, the BMW board member responsible for the British brand.
Speaking yesterday in Munich, Schwarzenbauer said the new five-door Mini Clubman would be launched in 2015 and would be the third of “five super hero” models for the brand, the first two being the three-door and five-door hatchbacks. The fourth model will be a replacement for the Countryman.
BMW sources were less forthcoming about the fifth model, but it is expected to be a convertible, which could incorporate much of the design language of the recent Mini Superleggera roadster concept.
Plug-in hybrid versions of the Mini could also arrive over the next five years, Schwarzenbauer said.
Meanwhile, Schwarzenbauer revealed that October and November saw double-digit growth for Mini as the third-generation three-door hatchback and new five-door model came on stream.
He predicted that the last three months of 2014 would be the “best ever” for Mini sales. In 2013 Mini sold 305,000 cars globally.