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Mini Superleggera Vision Retains its Concept Status

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/18/2015 Erick Ayapana

Rumors regarding the Mini Superleggera Vision concept and the mini Mini Minor are flaring up again following various reports and an interview from a top Mini executive.

For starters, recent rumors suggest that the two-seater, open-air Superleggera Vision concept has been approved for production and will arrive as soon as 2018. BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer, however, says otherwise, stating that the Superleggera is still up in the air. It would be a “great addition to the Mini range,” he told Automotive News earlier this week.

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Not surprisingly, not all Mini execs are on board with producing the Superleggera. In an interview earlier this year, Mini boss Jochen Goller told us the two-seater was ruled out, though a number of its design details could make it into other models. Goller stated that the Superleggera isn’t suitable for any of Mini’s current platforms, making it economically unfeasible. The Superleggera Vision conceptfirst appeared last year at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, but has been shown off by Mini on the auto show circuit, leading many to speculate that the brand wants to add it to the lineup.

Meanwhile, Schwarzenbauer isn’t so hot on the purported entry-level Mini Minor, which would theoretically slot below the current Cooper hardtop to become Mini’s most mini car. “I don’t see a smaller car than the current one,” he told Automotive News

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Rumors suggested that the Minor would be the product of the collaboration between BMW and Toyota. It was a follow-up to the Rocketman concept that first appeared in 2011. For now, Mini is concentrating on the next versions of the Clubman and Countryman, both of which will ride on BMW Group’s new UKL front-drive architecture.

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