An equal amount of attention has also been paid to the luggage carrying properties of the Mini, which receives a innovative two-piece tailgate. The upper part, fashioned from glass, hinges centrally from within the roof, opening high to provide easy access to the trunk. By contrast, the lower part slides out from the bodywork in the form of a drawer that also doubles as a luggage carrier.
The Rocketman is shorter, wider and lower than the hardtop.
Joint platform with PSA?
Mini hasn't officially confirmed what engine it plans for a possible production version. But owner BMW is already well advanced on a new range of turbocharged three-cylinder common rail diesel and direct-injection gasoline units. Codenamed N37 and N38, they share the same architecture of the German carmaker's in-line four- and six-cylinder diesel and gasoline engines.
Another question mark hangs over exactly what platform Mini is looking towards to base its new entry level model. While BMW is developing a new front-wheel drive structure to underpin the next-generation hardtop, Mini officials suggest it will be too big to provide a suitable platform for a car of such compact dimensions as the Rocketman.
One possible scenario put to AutoWeek during a exclusive preview of the new concept is the development of a smaller structure with PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, with which BMW already collaborates in the area of four-cylinder diesel and gasoline engines.