Now that BMW has hooked up with China's Great Wall Motor to build cars together in China, I've read that the next electric MINI will come from that country instead of Britain. Would BMW really abandon their high-tech factory in Oxford? There have been rumors that the Chinese collaboration could result in a larger MINI that could accept a larger battery pack to provide greater than 110 miles of range per charge. There have been other rumors that say the tiny MINI Rocketman concept could be brought to market as a BEV--perhaps for the Chinese market only. Could smaller MINI be what MINI head of design Oliver Heilmer was talking about in this Autocar interview about MINI adding a SUV to its lineup? The following is copied from the Autocar article: Heilmer said: “For future architecture, we’re having weekly discussions to improve interior space and reduce the car’s footprint. But it’s not solved yet. Maybe next year.” He also noted that the “development cost is also an issue”. “It’s not necessarily the internal combustion engine that needs the space – even with an EV (which has a smaller motor) you still need a crash box,” Heilmer continued, referring to the progressively deformable and substantial structure around the powertrain. “Crash performance is the bigger issue.” Another challenge is dealing with “an electric motor that might keep running”. This is a post-crash circumstance that does not usually affect cars with internal combustion engines.