In the hands of BMW the Mini has spawned a number of different variants - a convertible, the forthcoming SUV crossover and the Clubman – but now the firm is looking to add a fifth.
Codenamed ‘Knightsbridge’, the new car is reportedly going to be a larger version of the Mini - not as long as the Clubman but with more interior space than the current Mini.
According to website minitreiber.com, company insiders want to call the car ‘Metro’ after the roomier Mini successor.
It could use the same floor pan as the Mini but a larger body will allow for more interior space.
The car could use diesel, hybrid and ethanol/hydrogen technology.
It is even suggested that BMW will look to acquire the MG name so that they can use it for sportier versions of the new car, which is expected in 2011.
A ‘Metro Turbo’ would use the same turbocharged 1.6 as in the Mini Cooper.
Minitreiber.com quoted BMW insider Jan Witz as saying: ‘The Metro may be something of a joke in the UK but in Europe the car is held in high regard.
‘We are keen to stay true to the original – but obviously without the chronic rust problems.’
If all goes well BMW bosses say they could also look to develop a new Montego based on the 3-Series, and a Maestro on the 3-Series Compact platform.