A new report indicates Mini is analyzing the prospects of coming out with a sedan.
Undisclosed sources within Mini’s parent company BMW have told Autocar a sedan could become Mini’s fifth model. The plan is to sell it all over the world, with North America and China being the main markets. The model in question could see the revival of the “Riley” moniker and most likely the small sedan would be largely based on the Clubman from where it would inherit the 2,670-mm wheelbase.
If green-lighted for production, the Mini sedan could have an overall length of 169.2 inches (4,300 mm) and borrow most of the Clubman’s design, but with the addition of a proper trunk. An assortment of three- and four-cylinder turbocharged engines taken from the other Minis are going to be on offer if the sedan will get BMW’s stamp of approval.
The new report doesn’t come as a big surprise taking into account Mini boss, Peter Schwarzenbauer, said less than two months ago that a sedan has the biggest potential in terms of volume compared to other body styles. That’s why the stunning Superleggera concept has slim chances of hitting the assembly line in the foreseeable future.
It remains to be seen whether the Mini sedan will actually become a reality. Let’s not forget that BMW is putting the finishing touches on a China-only, front-wheel-drive 1 Series Sedan which could be offered in Europe and North America as well. Perhaps there could be a clash between the two and this overlapping could end up cannibalizing sales.