BMW is planning to roll out a cheaper, near-£10,000 Mini to take advantage of the UK’s upcoming scrappage scheme, according to company sources.
The new entry-level Mini will be based on the 75bhp 1.6-litre version of the Mini One unveiled at the Geneva motor show and recently launched in Germany.
That car has boosted sales in Germany and sources say up to a third of all German Mini sales are as a direct result of the local scrappage scheme. “We’re reviewing an entry-level Mini One based on the car shown at Geneva,” said Mini UK.
The key discussion is the car’s exact standard spec. It’s likely to have air-con but steel wheels in place of alloys.
As with the Mini One, it will have a body-coloured roof rather than the more eye-catching separate colour used on Cooper models.
“With the UK scrappage scheme starting in July, it looks a no-brainer, but we’ve got to review the spec first,” said Mini.
Price will also be key. The current Mini range rises in steps of £1500, which suggests a list price of about £10,500.