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Mini Cooper's Lineup to Get Smaller with Five Models

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/29/2014 Karla Sanchez

Mini has been busy expanding its offerings over the last few years, and now that the lineup has grown to include a total of eight models, the quirky automaker wants to shrink it back down. According to Automotive News, the compact brand will be whittling its lineup down from eight models to five.

While nichier offerings like the coupe and roadster were used to fatten up the lineup and boost sales numbers over the past few years, they also added cost and complexity. In an effort to cut those factors out, the automaker now wants to focus on decreasing the lineup to include only "superhero" vehicles, which will consist of three- and five-door versions of the Cooper hardtop, Countryman, and the Clubman. 2015 Mini Countryman© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Mini Countryman

This isn't the first time we've heard about a leaner Mini lineup. Earlier this year, we reported that a BMW board member for Mini and Rolls-Royce said he'd like to see the lineup reduced to "four or five hero cars" by the time the fourth-generation range lands. The process of elimination appears to already be underway, as six or seven models are currently planned for the third-generation lineup. The third-gen lineup launched with the new 2014 Cooper, and will include an updated Clubman next year. The automaker also said it will "soon" introduce an electric Mini. Mini Clubman Concept© Provided by MotorTrend Mini Clubman Concept

Mini Cooper's Lineup to Get Smaller with Five Models

The electrified car will reportedly take after the Superleggera concept that was shown earlier this year at the Paris Motor Show. The two-seater topless concept looked more like a classic Italian roadster than any other Mini we've ever seen, and although Mini boasted it was motivated by all-electric system, it didn't say much else about the concept's hardware. It's unknown whether the electric car will be one of the five models in the fourth-gen lineup, which we'll be seeing sometime around 2020.

Source: Automotive News (subscription required)

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