How big a collection Mini is growing? The next generation of vehicles will be on sale in 2013, and is set to spawn a dozen - yes, ten - in different models. And not to mention the various BMW models, which share the same platform.
The Mini will debut the first of three doors Cooper, followed by nine models. The range includes a new version of the Clubman station wagon, and later, a town called motor travelers - the name refers to a car wheelbase over the 1960 Mini.
All next-gen Mini series will apparently be based on a new platform called BMW UKL1. The chassis front wheel can be built in two different wheelbases and employs strut front suspension and a multilink rear. Engine choices are said to include three-cylinder BMW provided with an output of 120 hp to 160 hp. The chassis may be able to get a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four that up to 230 hp in the hot John Cooper Works MIC.
The platform UKL1 can also allow all four-wheel drive Minis, and a hybrid or electric. Mini has already said that a smaller model, perhaps based on the concept Rocketman could go into production with an electric motor car electric poached next BMW.
As expected, BMW will enjoy a more pleasant compared to the Mini in the coming years, with no fewer than five new BMW models will be built on the platform UKL1. The new BMW could use a small three-cylinder 1.2 to 1.5 liters in size, because the motors are lighter and more compact than the four-cylinder units. The two front and four-wheel drive will be offered. The BMW will be competing with people from the Audi A1 and A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-and B-class.
As far as five vehicles from BMW will germinate UKL1 chassis, each strongly associated with a product Mini. Obviously, this would mean three and five-door hatchback based on the Mini Cooper. In addition, a large series of a model is based on the aforementioned Mini Traveller, and a fastback model - conceived as the series 5 GT - could be based on the upcoming Mini Clubman. Also on the cards is a small crossover that would have four doors, a spacious boot, flexible seating and a larger roof line.
If predictions are correct Autocar, 15 different vehicles will be built on the chassis UKL1, so BMW's most prolific new car online platform.The third generation Mini to be revealed in late 2012 and will be put on sale by 2013. All variants of BMW cars is also starting new UKL1 around 2013.