British media is reporting a new MINI Minor will be out towards the end of 2018 or early 2019.

British media is reporting a new MINI Minor will be out towards the end of 2018 or early 2019.

The BMW-owned company has expressed its desire for a new true MINI since late 2013 but they can't build it on the UKL platform so they are trying to team up with another automaker. One viable candidate is Toyota as a report from last month indicates BMW is in discussions with the Japanese marque to co-develop an entry-level hatchback which will likely take the shape of a MINI Minor.

According to CAR, the model will be out late 2018 / early 2019 and should be just 3450mm long which is roughly the same as the new Smart ForFour. The report goes on to specify the base model will start at €12,500 whereas the fully-loaded version will be approximately €13,500.

As far as the styling is concerned, early sketches are allegedly depicting a mashup between the Paceman and Rocketman concept, with the MINI Minor getting a special roof with a double bubble rear section. The car should also have a trapezoidal grille and Union Jack taillights.

Toyota's version will allegedly revive the Starlet moniker dropped in 1999 and the model is believed to act as a replacement of the iQ.

Note: MINI Rocketman concept pictured.

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