Report: Mini to roll out eight to 10 new models based on new UKL platform
Mini has been hard at work, planning an all-new and extremely aggressive model rollout for the next generation of cars as the brand seeks to increase sales and make proper use of BMW’s latest front-wheel drive based UKL modular platform.
After a recent interview with Mini’s Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW’s board member for the small British car maker, AutomotiveNews of Europe learned that there could be up to eight to 10 new models coming from the new platform.
In addition to the UKL platform streamlining production, such a move allows BMW and MINI to cooperatively produce models based on the platform without having to build completely new factories in markets abroad. This of course, translates into lower production costs.
Also in the pipeline is the consideration for diesel-powered Minis as the European oil burners have finally begun to influence the US car market.
The next generation Mini cars are set to go on sale in spring of next year in both Europe and the US.