There could be a big change coming for MINI, since there are new reports that the three-door MINI Cooper could disappear when the current model ends production in 2022. MINI’s lineup is increasingly becoming filled with five-door models, like the five-door Cooper and more versatile Clubman, which has prompted internal discussions to possibly kill off the three-door.
Sales of three-door hatchbacks have largely dropped off with other brand’s ditching the small hatchbacks, like VW recently did with the Golf. Last month MINI only sold 865 three-door hatchbacks and so far this year sales are down 7.2 percent with only 6,593 units sold.
In the past BMW and MINI have stated that the three-door Cooper is the heart of the MINI brand, but as the brand moves forward into the future, the case to keep the small hatchback might become more difficult. MINI has yet to confirm the reports.
We’ll have to wait and see when the next-generation MINI Cooper debuts in 2021. MINI is also expected to add a second SUV to its lineup around the same time.