Mini Aceman: Tiny Electric SUV Coming to Australia from the Fourth Quarter of 2024 - Latest Global News

Mini Aceman: Tiny Electric SUV Coming to Australia from the Fourth Quarter of 2024

The Mini AcemanThe company’s smallest crossover, which will be electric-only, was unveiled overnight in the 2024 Beijing Motor Show.

Mini Australia has confirmed that the Aceman will be available in local showrooms from the fourth quarter of 2024. Local pricing and specifications will be announced closer to its Australian debut.

The Aceman is based on the same all-electric Spotlight architecture developed with Chinese automaker GWM. This platform currently underlies the electric Mini Cooper.

Both the electric Cooper hatch and Aceman crossover will be built for global markets at a joint venture factory in Zhangjiagang, about 130 km northwest of Shanghai.

The Aceman is 4.07 m long, 1.75 m wide and 1.50 m high, making it around 252 mm longer than the Cooper and 40 mm higher. The boot holds 300 liters with all five seats upright and 1005 liters with the 60/40 split rear seats folded down.

With the Clubman wagon discontinued and no word on a five-door electric Cooper, it’s likely that the Aceman will be the smallest five-door electric car Mini offers.

Stylistically, the new Aceman mixes elements of the larger Countryman, including the angular headlights, the numerous plastic trim and the angular fenders and wheel arches, with elements of the electric Cooper, such as the fold-up door handles and the non-shell-shaped hood.

At launch, the Aceman will be available with two powertrain variants: E and SE, both of which feature a single electric motor driving the wheels and a maximum AC charging power of 11 kW.

In the base E There are 135kW And 290 Nm available, which corresponds to an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 160 km/h.

Combined with a 42.5 kWh battery that supports DC fast charging of up to 75 kW, the E is said to have a range of 310 km on the WLTP cycle.

The more powerful SE boasts 160kW And 330 NmIt sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds and reaches a top speed of 170 km/h.

In addition to a few extra rivets under the hood, the SE also features a larger 54.2kWh battery with a claimed WLTP range of 406km.

In addition to the two powertrains, the Aceman is offered in four trim levels, starting with the base model Essential. Stepping up to the Classic level gives the car a gloss black grille frame, a contrasting white or black roof and mirrors, and body-colored bumpers and inner grille trim.

The Favorited trim level features white door mirror caps, a silver grille frame and the option of a multi-color roof, while the sporty JCW trim has more aggressive bumpers at both ends, a red roof, red hood stripes and plenty of glossy black trim.

Depending on the trim level and the buyer’s budget, the Aceman rides on either 17-, 18-, or 19-inch wheels in a variety of designs.

Inside, the Aceman features a dashboard layout similar to both the electric and gasoline-powered Cooper models as well as the latest Countryman.

In front of the driver there is a steering wheel with a large central hub and, on some trim levels, a head-up display. At the center of the heavily textured dashboard is a round 9.5-inch OLED touchscreen display that houses both instrumentation output and controls for the infotainment and climate systems.

Below the screen is a small row of physical switches for the electronic parking brake, gear selector, volume knob, power knob, and an Experiences mode selector. There are also buttons for the parking sensors/camera, windshield wipers and hazard lights.

Available features on the Aceman include a wireless smartphone charging pad, automated parking, remote smartphone parking, natural language voice assistant, trailer assistant and the ability to use your smartphone as a digital key.

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