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Mini Aceman Concept brings video game spunk to classic silhouette

Mini Aceman Concept brings video game spunk to classic silhouette
  • Mini has unveiled the Aceman concept, an electric crossover that could eventually be added to the brand’s lineup between the Cooper and the Countryman.
  • While there is no timeline yet for when the Aceman can go into production, it will be shown at the end of August at Gamescom 2022, a video game convention in Germany.
  • Mini hasn’t revealed much in the way of tech specs, instead focusing on quirky design elements such as matrix LED headlights, a Union Jack roof rack and a dashboard projector.

    While many of today’s electric cars embrace streamlined designs that seem to be inspired by Tron or Star Trek, Mini’s new electric concept takes a different approach. Called the Mini Aceman concept, this new crossover looks bold and seems to take its inspiration from video games like Nintendo’s Animal Crossing or Super Mario Brothers. Mini claims the Aceman is an example of a future production vehicle that fits between the Cooper hatchback and the subcompact Countryman SUV.

    There’s currently no timeline for when the Aceman can go into production, but with the Clubman slated to leave the lineup in 2024, it could be sometime around that time. There are also no tech specs to speak of yet, but hopefully the Concept Aceman improves on the Cooper Electric’s 110-mile range.

    You’ve probably noticed that the Aceman’s name is just one letter away from the eccentric Mini Paceman, a two-door version of the Countryman sold from 2013 to 2016. Compared to that model, the Aceman is wider and taller, which should make it more spacious inside. Plus, with its four doors, plastic trim, geometric wheel arches and roof rack, the Aceman should appeal to a rougher crowd, albeit someone who can appreciate fun things too.

    The Aceman’s basic shape is pure Mini, but the details look like they’re from an alternate cartoon universe full of 8-bit shapes and rainbow lights. The rims look like fanned-out playing cards, and the headlights and grille are outlined in solid light with a central LED matrix reminiscent of Lite-Brite toys of yesteryear.

    The matrix lights can wink at the driver and display the top half of the Union Jack flag, and the front shines brighter as you approach the vehicle. The taillights also have similar lighting motifs with their pixelated half Union Jack shape. Colorful accents like the green roof and blue front bumper piece complete the look.

    Step inside and you’ll be greeted with a colorful burst animation on the circular main display, along with a projection onto the fabric dashboard. Images and an interactive map can be projected onto the dashboard via the Aceman’s three Experience Modes. In one of the modes you can even play with gamified bubble letters on the dashboard while the vehicle is stationary. All visual animations are also accompanied by sounds.

    The rest of the interior also embraces fabric, as Mini specifically touts the Aceman’s lack of chrome and leather. The steering wheel is wrapped in velor and the seats are embroidered with a whimsical Tic-Tac-Toe-inspired pattern. Elsewhere inside, there’s a modular center console, bright purple seat belts and sunset-colored speakers.

    As much as the Aceman concept looks to a cartoonish future, it also honors the Mini legacy. The roof rack crossbars are designed to look like the Union Jack flag, and the roof itself and some interior details are dressed in British Racing Green.

    Curious eyes can behold the electric crossover when it is unveiled in person next month at Gamescom 2022, a video game convention in Cologne, Germany.

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