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Published on October 13th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Next-Gen MINI Could Spawn Plug-In Hybrid

mini-eBMW’s revival of the MINI brand has been a huge success, and it has allowed Bimmer to go without a major makeover of the MINI Cooper for a quite awhile. But that all changes with the next-gen MINI, due to debut very soon, which will not only feature an innovative line of three and four-cylinder engines, but could spawn a plug-in hybrid variant as well.

BMW’s chief of MINI, Peter Schwarzaebauer, told Automotive News that the next-gen MINI will produce around ten different variants. There is already talk of a diesel model, which may or may not come to America, as well as a pure electric MINI following in the footsteps of the MINI-E.

But most exciting is the certainty that a plug-in hybrid MINI model is definitely in the works, though no specifics were revealed. The MINI brand definitely lends itself to greener technologies, and plug-in hybrids are gaining steam with both consumers and automakers. The next-gen MINI will ride on BMW’s new ULK platform, the front front-drive BMW platform in, well, ever.

With the new MINI leading the way though, front-drive BMW’s might have more performance than many of us had previously hoped, and a plug-in hybrid MINI could wicked fun. What are you hoping for from a MINI hybrid?

Source: Automotive News


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Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. When he isn't wrenching or writing, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.



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