Ironically, MINI has expressed its desire to launch a smaller model but they can't do it without assistance from another automaker.

Ironically, MINI has expressed its desire to launch a smaller model but they can't do it without assistance from another automaker.

With each passing generation, the MINI has gotten fatter and fatter up to that point the company is now playing around with the idea of launching a smaller model. Although development of a production version of the Rocketman concept has been halted, MINI still wants a smaller model for their new range.

However, the BMW-developed UKL platform which underpins the new MINI is not compatible with a smaller model and as a result the company is currently trying to find a partner from which they can borrow a chassis. In an interview given to AutoGuide, MINI product boss Pat McKenna said feedback on the Rocketman concept was very good and as a consequence the company believes a smaller MINI would be in high demand all over the world.

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