Like many other car makers, Mini is investing heavily in the electrification of its vehicles down the line. Right now there is only one EV available locally, but that will change down the line and the newly revealed Concept Aceman might serve as inspiration for future Mini EVs.
The Concept Aceman is precisely that – a concept car – so it remains to be seen whether this EV will ever hit roads in an official capacity. That said, some of the innovative new features and technologies that Mini has developed for this car, will likely be used in fully fledged offerings.
“The British brand presents the MINI Concept Aceman, an initial preview of its future model generation’s new design. In this concept car we can see design-based and technological innovations from MINI that outline the brand-typical driving pleasure of the future,” notes the company in a press release regarding the new concept car.
“The MINI Concept Aceman provides an initial glimpse of a completely new vehicle, bridging the space between the MINI Cooper and the MINI Countryman in the model family’s future. This concept car reflects how MINI is reinventing itself for its all-electric future and what the brand stands for: an electrified go-kart feel, an immersive digital experience and a strong focus on a minimal environmental footprint,” adds says Stefanie Wurst, head of the MINI Brand.
Some of the notable design elements include matrix LED units that are integrated into the upper section section of the front grille. This could be used to reflect a message or image, such as the Union Jack, seen in the image gallery above.
Looking internally, a round OLED display combines all the functions of the instrument cluster and the on-board monitor into one interactive infotainment system. Mini has also gone with some dramatic in-cabin lighting effects to match that of the exterior while the car is parked and turned on.
There also some nods to the heritage of Mini brand, such as the shape of the front and rear light clusters, the elongated bonnet and array of the windows.
Unfortunately, Mini has not shared what kind of all-electric powertrain such a concept car would sport, but if you happen to find yourself in Germany next month, you could check out the Concept Aceman in-person. This as the car will be on show at Gamecom 2022 in Cologne from 24th to 28th August.
For now, there is no word on whether Mini will take the show on the road, so we will need to wait to see if the Aceman ever makes its way to South Africa.