Posted Sep 22nd 2012 4:01PM
It looks as if the Mini stable could get a little more crowded. Inside Line reports that Mini's parent, BMW, may be considering a number of new models, including yet another CUV, a sports car, and a four-door. The additions, if they're all greenlit, would bump the Mini line to a total of 10 variants. According to Harald Kreuger, a recently appointed brand board member, the company is also considering a new model positioned below the current Cooper. Such a creation would likely borrow heavily from the Rocketman Concept we saw at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
And what of this sports car? IL reports the machine is envisioned as a rival to the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and would carry both a price tag and a fun-to-drive factor to match. We doubt Mini is interested in dabbling in rear-wheel drive, however.
The report says the sedan would be more important in overseas markets like China. Mini says sales are doing well in the People's Republic, and that if they maintain their upward momentum, the figures could top the U.S. numbers. Head over to Inside Line to check out the full report.