The Mini Rocketman is only a concept for now, but it suggests BMW could take the Mini back to it's original roots with this super-small version of the modern-day Mini hatchback. It's a 3+1, like the Toyota iQ, and measures just 3.4 metres in length.
What do I need to know about the Mini Rocketman?
The Mini Rocketman is only a concept for now
It’s a very small 3+1 concept city car, with innovative packaging, not unlike Toyota’s iQ. Interestingly, it’s about 3.4 metres long, which is similar to the 1959 Mini. Unlike that car it uses carbon spaceframe construction to reduce weight, and it has funky pop-out doors and a pull-out ‘drawer’ style boot. It was first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show.
What engine does it use?
The Rocketman is almost the same length as the original 1959 Mini
BMW isn’t saying what engine powers the Rocketman, or even if it has one (this is a concept car, after all). But given that the front end is pretty similar to a standard Mini, we’d expect the same range of petrols and diesels to power it. Mini does claim the car can achieve 94mpg, a benchmark figure as it represents three litres per 100km.
What else is new?
The centre control unit can be removed and attached to a PC
The removable central control unit can be attached to a PC, allowing music and navigation data to be uploaded ready for your next journey. Reminds us of the days when you used to remove your car stereo…
When can I buy one?
Never – at least in this concept car’s carbon-fibre pomp. However this ‘shortened Mini’ is an interesting hint at a smaller sub-Mini of the future. Perhaps it’s a sign that BMW has recognised its current Mini isn’t small enough to compete with micro-city cars like the Smart and Toyota iQ.