Two versions will be sold from the outset, named E and SE. The former has a 181bhp electric motor driving the front wheels, with power coming from a 40kWh battery that officially offers up to 186 miles of range. The SE, meanwhile, has 215bhp and a 54kWh battery, which is said to increase the maximum range to 249 miles.
Those figures are competitive with those of the DS 3 E-Tense, which can officially cover up to 250 miles before needing to recharge. However, they put the Aceman behind the upcoming Smart #1; that rival will officially take you 273 miles on a full charge.
How long the Aceman will take to replenish its batteries has yet to be revealed, but it’s likely to be able to complete a 10-80% top-up in around 30 minutes if you use the fastest public charging points, usually found at motorway service stations.
Inside the Aceman, drivers will find a similar interior to that of the upcoming electric variant of the Mini Countryman SUV, with the brand’s traditional round infotainment system taking centre stage on the dashboard. Unlike in current Minis, the screen itself is circular and fills the entirety of its housing, and it runs a new Android-based infotainment system.
The infotainment system can be controlled both by voice and touch, and physical controls will remain for some functions, such as choosing between different driving modes – for instance, to maximise range or provide a sportier drive. A small digital screen above the steering wheel will display vital driving information, while a head-up display will project other useful info – including sat-nav directions – onto the windscreen.
Most of the materials used in the Aceman’s interior will either be recycled or sustainably sourced. Indeed, instead of leather, the Aceman will come with fabric or faux-leather alternatives.