If variety is the spice of life, Mini is planning to get a bit blander. Mini is planning to cut as many as three models from its lineup when the third generation launches.
The first generation Mini that went on sale in 2000 was available in just hatchback and convertible body styles. Mini’s second generation, which went on sale in 2006, has spawned a whole hive of different model variations. The Clubman wagon, the Countryman SUV, the Coupe, the Roadster and the Paceman two-door SUV joined the Mini Cooper Hatchback and Convertible. Now mini is saying that the more unorthodox variations won’t carry over to the next generation of cars.
Mini will stop selling the Mini Coupe, Roadster and Paceman when the Cooper Hatchback, Convertible, Clubman and Countryman get an update, according to Autoblog. While it’s sad to see such interesting cars go away, it’s not surprising.
The Mini Coupe (shown above) and Roadster never made much sense. The Mini Cooper and Convertible are less expensive, more roomy and still have the upscale looks that Mini buyers want.
The Paceman SUV (above) won’t be missed by many. The Paceman’s coupe styling doesn’t fit with the higher SUV stance as well as the Countryman’s bulbous looks do.
What do you think? Is Mini’s plan to cut it’s weirder models a good one or do you think Mini’s appeal is in it’s unorthodox approach?