Mini seems poised to unveil its first van idea if this just-released teaser picture is something to go by. The model confirmed a teaser picture for the Imaginative and prescient Urbanaut on Twitter, calling the car “an city oasis.”
Mini beforehand provided a panel-van model of the Clubman, however the Urbanaut idea seems to be a a lot differerent one-box design. Its ultra-short frontal space suggests it doesn’t make the most of the present Mini platform. As an alternative, that is possible an EV, with its batteries packaged below the ground. The idea, then, may additionally debut a brand new devoted EV platform for Mini. (Mini’s present electrical automotive, the Cooper SE, is a battery-powered model of the usual Mini hardtop.)
Based mostly on its profile, the Urbanaut idea doesn’t look like a preview of any of the longer term fashions the model has lately mentioned. These embody two new crossovers, a BMW X1–sized mannequin that revives the Paceman nameplate and a second entry constructed on BMW’s RWD platform and probably known as Traveler. Nonetheless, the model additionally talked about including extra EVs, and that may very well be the place the Urbanaut matches in.
After all, the Urbanaut additionally may find yourself going nowhere, like the Rocketman idea that didn’t launch. Nonetheless, a tiny-sized van does strike us as an intriguing and brand-correct new mannequin for Mini — actually extra so than one other large-ish crossover. We’ll have an interest to be taught extra in regards to the Urbanaut.