New Mini Aceman: electric SUV surfaces online

March 14, 2024 by

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First images of Mini’s Aceman have been published in China, giving us our first glimpse of the new small SUV. Read on for everything we know so far…

  • New Mini Aceman previewed in homologation images
  • Countryman-inspired design on a smaller scale
  • Electric SUV with a boxy look
  • Small footprint but practical shape
  • Will share tech with smaller Mini Cooper hatchback
  • Expect range around 230 miles

The all-new Mini Aceman has been spotted online ahead of its official debut at the 2024 Beijing motor show.

Photos of the upcoming EV were published by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) as part of its new car homologation process, giving us an undisguised look at the new Volvo EX30 alternative ahead of its proper unveiling.

New Mini Aceman: design and styling

Though the Aceman may sound a lot like the old Mini Paceman, it’s an all-new electric SUV rather than a two-door version of the Countryman.

It fills in the widening gap that’s been left as the Countryman has grown into a Nissan Qashqai-sized family car, while the upcoming Mini Cooper remains a small hatchback.

Styling-wise, the Aceman is clearly designed along the same lines as the Countryman, but its smaller shape is a bit boxier with more pronounced wheelarches. There are rhombus-shaped headlights at the front and what appears to be a similar set of customisable LED taillights at the rear, while the front grille is blanked off, signifying its all-electric powertrain.

The data submitted to MIIT shows that the Aceman will be a genuinely small SUV. It’s just 20mm longer than a Renault Clio hatchback, for example, and around the same width. It’s a little taller, though, and as befits a Mini the wheels have been pushed right out to the corners of the car, which should maximise interior space as well as agility on the road.

There are no photos of the interior, but looking through the windscreen you can see what appears to be the same circular central infotainment display as the new Mini Cooper and Countryman, which isn’t a great surprise. The concept version of the Aceman also had this display.

Mini Aceman: batteries, motors and performance

The Aceman uses the same underpinnings as the three-door Mini Cooper hatch, rather than borrowing tech from the larger Countryman. It produces the same amount of power as the Cooper, with a choice of 184hp or 218hp electric motors, and will utilise a 54.2kWh battery pack – the larger of the two available for the Cooper.

The Cooper hatch claims an official range of 250 miles from that battery, so we’d expect the larger and heavier Aceman to manage a little less – perhaps 220-230 miles in WLTP tests. You can expect slightly slower acceleration too – the Cooper will do 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds with the 218hp motor.

Will the Mini Aceman go on sale?

No official word on when the Aceman will be available to order or how much it will cost, but more information should be forthcoming after it is revealed at the Beijing Motor Show in April.

The Cooper Electric starts at £30,000, while the electric Countryman range kicks off at £41,500. So a starting price in the region of £35,000 would allow the Aceman to split the difference nicely.

As with its sister cars, we’d expect the Aceman to be offered in Classic, Sport, and Exclusive trim levels, with plenty of options for personalisation.

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