Mini has concluded rigorous extreme weather testing for its upcoming Aceman, revealing the debut date for the much-anticipated model. The Aceman is poised to be unveiled at the 18th Auto China show in Beijing on April 24. Drawing design inspiration from the concept car seen earlier, the funky crossover promises commendable performance, increased space compared to the Cooper EV, and an appealing price point.
In terms of mechanics, the Aceman shares the same Spotlight architecture with the Cooper but extends it by 192 mm. While this might seem modest, it accommodates 5 passengers, as opposed to the Cooper's 4. The Aceman is also 23 mm wider and 130 mm taller, comfortably placing it in the crossover category.
The Aceman will offer two power options: 184 hp and 218 hp (135 kW and 160 kW). Both versions will feature a single electric motor powering the front wheels, mirroring the configuration of the new Cooper. The 0 to 100 km/h sprint times for both versions will be identical at 7.3 seconds and 6.7 seconds, respectively. The Aceman will come in three trims – Classic, Exclusive, and Sport, with a special JCW edition to be available later, albeit without power upgrades.
Similarities with the Cooper extend to the battery choices, with the Aceman utilizing the same two batteries offering 40.7 kWh and 54.2 kWh (49.2 kWh) usable capacities. While the official range is yet to be confirmed, expectations point to around 400 km for the larger battery and approximately 300 km for the smaller pack. Charging capabilities include up to 75 kW DC charging for the smaller battery and an increased 95 kW for the larger one, with both supporting AC charging at up to 11 kW.
Inside, the Aceman will feature 5 seats with ample room for occupants. The concept's fabric dashboard and a sizable circular center screen will be retained in production, accompanied by mechanical switches, including the classic row of toggles beneath the round screen. Embracing eco-friendly materials, the Aceman will not offer leather seats.
Initial production of the Aceman will take place in China, with the first cars scheduled for deliveries by the end of this year. A significant investment of €690 million by BMW will upgrade the Oxford factory in the UK to accommodate Aceman production starting in 2026. Anticipated to start at €36,800, the Aceman is positioned as an attractive choice, potentially offering a competitive edge in markets against similarly sized models like the Jeep Avenger, Volvo EX30, or Smart #1.