Mini Concept Aceman EV adapts to the future minimalist interface and “electric kart feeling”

What could future all-electric Mini models look like?

Mini gave the best indication yet with the reveal of the Aceman Concept, which it says gives a glimpse of the brand’s design direction and a future all-electric crossover.

The form factor itself is interesting. Mini says the Aceman merges some of the features of the Mini Cooper – currently offered in electric Cooper SE form – and the Mini Countryman to create “a modern interpretation of a crossover model”.

Mini Concept Aceman

It’s particularly worth noting that the Aceman is a throwback to mini size – in some ways, but not in others. At 159.4 inches long, the Aceman is solidly a subcompact, but its 78.3 inches wide and 62.6 inches tall are no different from what you’d expect from a compact or midsize crossover. mean. Four-door model seats five, with ample cargo space

Back to the design itself, it’s straight up front, more chiseled overall and flush wherever the glass meets the body. The brand says it “represents the dawn of a new era of Mini design”, governed by the idea of ​​charismatic simplicity that entails “a holistic user experience of light, movement, interaction and sound “.

Mini Concept Aceman

Mini Concept Aceman

Wide, asymmetrical contours in the wheel arches around big 20-inch wheels help give it a bit more of a crossover look. LED ‘contour lighting’ brings a shade of light green to the edges of the vehicle, while clear surfaces surround the traditional grille area. A British Racing Green roof and roof rail pattern is a take-off from the traditional Union Jack scheme, matte green side skirts serve as accents and the grille itself is closed off, with matrix LED lights integrated into the inside.

Inside, the Mini Concept Aceman sports a minimalist look, with a dashboard influenced by soundbar design and a reimagined version of the original rocker switch bar below a round display. Mini says the user interface has a new graphical display, with widgets on a bright OLED display, and is based on an open-source Android software stack.

Mini Concept Aceman

Mini Concept Aceman

Mini Concept Aceman

Mini Concept Aceman

Mini Concept Aceman

Mini Concept Aceman

There’s no full-width mammoth display here. Instead, there’s a new, minimalist solution: a contextual mode provides projection to the rest of the dashboard as needed, for navigation prompts, for example.

The surfaces of the Aceman are made of recycled knitted textile material, while the model is free of chrome and leather, both of which involve heavy footprints in the supply chain.

Mini Concept Aceman

Mini Concept Aceman

The Aceman contains a host of details likely to appear in future all-electric Mini models. Currently, it is essentially an open web. Mini only has one all-electric model, the Mini Cooper SE, and it’s basically a conversion of the Mini Cooper, with a range of 114 miles. The brand recently teased an open-top version with a one-off Cooper SE convertible, but Mini has been suggesting for a few years that there’s a whole family of electric crossovers coming from the brand, as petrol and electric models coexist until the start. of the 2030s. when it will phase out ICE vehicles. While these models are in the making, the brand has shown its commitment to this future by converting classic Minis into EVs with a ‘bespoke recycling’ scheme in the UK.

Otherwise, it’s worth noting that Mini hasn’t revealed any information or clues here about the battery, drive systems, or range it sees Mini EVs getting in the future. It’s all yet to come – in another concept, perhaps.

Mini says the Aceman concept will be showcased at Gamescom 2022, a computer and video game trade show in Cologne, Germany, from August 23-28.