“The Mini Concept Aceman provides a glimpse of a completely new vehicle, bridging the space between the Mini Cooper and the Mini Countryman in the model family’s future,” said Stefanie Wurst, head of Mini. “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.”
“The design language of the Mini Concept Aceman heralds the beginning of a new design era for Mini,” said Adrian van Hooydonk, head of BMW Group Design. Design features typical of the Mini brand have always been unmistakable, Hooydonk added. “We are returning to these now, but at the same time consistently combining them with innovative technology. With this approach, we are redeveloping the Mini design icons, with all their analogue strengths, for the digital future.”
The principle behind “Charismatic Simplicity” showcases the essentials, such as the striking vehicle front with an octagonal, closed and illuminated radiator grille element, generous chassis surfaces given structure by sharp edges, an athletic shoulder section and a powerful rear with vertically arranged rear lights.
The bodywork of the Mini Concept Aceman comes in the colour Icy Sunglow Green, a bright turquoise shade with a traditional British Racing Green metallic used as a contrast colour for the roof. To match, the surround on the lower edge of the bodywork is finished in a dark green hue. Accents in blue and pink-orange emphasise this vehicle’s lively character.
The Mini Concept Aceman has four doors and a large boot lid with interior seating for five. It also has the proportions you would expect of the brand with an exterior length of 4.05 metres, a width of 1.99 metres and a height of 1.59 metres. Bodywork surrounds, strongly contoured wheel arches, 20-inch wheels, a striking roof rack, and front and rear valance panels styled as underride protection emphasise the solid all-round characteristics of a crossover model for urban driving fun.
The emotional connection between the Mini Concept Aceman and its users is strengthened by a seamless digital operating concept and a holistic user experience. Even as the user approaches the vehicle, the Mini Companion, a sensor-based animation, delivers a welcome scenario consisting of light effects and sound, which is continued in the interior space after the doors are opened.
The display and control system in the production vehicle are based on the latest generation of the Mini Operating System, which for the first time is built on an Android Open Source Project software stack.