The Mini Superleggera concept was unveiled nearly two years ago and there have been countless rumors about a production variant.  However, it appears the company is now favoring a new sedan instead.

In an interview with Automotive News, MINI boss Peter Schwarzenbauer said a production version of the Superleggera concept is still a possibility but it's hard to make a business case for the model because it would be expensive and have a relatively low volume.  Schwarzenbauer went on to say "Halo cars are economically not always great. It is a trade-off: How much does it do for the brand and how do you make it feasible?"

The executive went on to suggest a sedan is more likely as he noted it has the "biggest potential, volumewise."  A decision will be made later this year and the winning model will become the fifth vehicle in Mini's lineup.

Besides hinting at a new model, Schwarzenbauer confirmed plans for a plug-in hybrid variant and an electric vehicle.  The plug-in hybrid is slated to arrive in the next two years, while the electric vehicle is a little further off as it's still in the planning stage and the company wants to see how far battery technology comes in the next few years.

Source: Automotive News

Gallery: Mini Superleggera Vision Concept

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