The MINI Rocketman Concept debuts

MINI Rocketman Concept (front)

MINI Rocketman Concept (rear)

The MINI Rocketman Concept will make its public debut at the Geneva Auto Show on March 3rd, but MINI released information and photos today.  Slightly longer than the classic Mini at 11′ 3″, The Rocketman Concept gives MINI an entry into the expanding city car market.  Innovative features include the “carbon spaceframe”, double-hinged doors, LED headlights and projector taillights, a removable central contol unit (including navigation and music player), illuminated transparent roof, and a “3+1″ seating arrangement.  However, the 18” wheels and required wheel arches depart from the space-saving attempts, as does the boot space taken up by the “drawer”.

Read the original press release from MINI.

See more photos in bigblogg.motoring’s Flickr gallery.

2 thoughts on “The MINI Rocketman Concept debuts

  • Matthew

    I relish the idea of a truly mini MINI, and, gimmicks aside, I rather like it.

    I could do without the drawer-like boot, the taillights acting as wings, and a few other tidbits. I would also kill for a more dynamic bonnet; the R50/53 got it spot on.

    Regardless of how Americans react to the concept, word from MINI USA is that we won’t be getting the car, so I suppose it won’t pay to pine over it.

  • James Post author

    The best design elements are those that might actually make it to the production version, if they do produce it. I’m not sure what to make of the statement by Jim McDowell that the MINI city car wouldn’t come the the US.

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