The radical Mini Rocketman concept is set to be put into production, according to Autocar.

The ‘heavily reworked’ take on the ultra-compact design study from 2011, which took aim at the likes of Smart’s ForFour, is to be launched in 2022.

Production for the car would be handled by Spotlight Automotive, a new Chinese-based outfit born out of a joint venture between Mini’s parent firm BMW, and Great Wall Motors. The car is due to be sold globally, including here in the UK.

Unlike the original petrol-or-diesel-powered concept, the production version is expected to be an EV, which will compliment the recently-unveiled Mini Electric.

The car will be a part of BMW’s plan to have 25 plug-in hybrid and pure electric models on the market by the end of 2023.

A senior BMW official told Autocar: “We’re advancing plans for a model along the lines of the Rocketman. It’s a car we have been looking at for a long time, but to build it profitably at the price point we think customers are prepared to pay,  you need a joint venture partner to share costs.

“Great Wall Motors has provided that opportunity with a shared electric car platform that will be used by Mini.”

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