Yes, we know that the 2011 Geneva Motor Show is almost like a year away but the folks at AutoWeek suggest that an entry-level Mini could debut at the show in concept form. This isn’t the first time we’ve talked about the entry-level Mini that will take on the likes of the Smart ForTwo and other city cars.
All those “sources” people say that a prototype is in the works at BMW’s Munich, Germany headquarters and is being conceived as a part of BMW’s Project i initiative. Like the upcoming BMW MegaCity, which will hit markets in 2013, the Mini entry-level car will also have high-tech carbon fiber and all that good stuff.
What it won’t have is an electric-motor. BMW will leave all the electrifying to the MegaCity, while the entry-level Mini will get a small 3-cylinder gasoline engine.
“The idea to create a highly compact Mini model is one that has been on the agenda for quite a while,” a source said. “On the outside it would appear a natural fit for the brand, but profitability is a major concern at this end of the market. It’s one thing making a good-looking small car, but it’s another thing making money on it.”
Note: The picture above is of the Mini Spiritual concept developed by the Rover Group.
– By: Omar Rana