We thought for a while that the cute Microlino, which made us fall in love with the shows, would never see the light of day. This project for a small urban and electric vehicle finally seems on the right track to succeed. The first deliveries are now scheduled for the end of 2022.
The prototype of the Microlino was first discovered in 2018 at the Geneva Motor Show. Then the project took a turn for the worse. Delays began to pile up, and the partner, who was originally supposed to produce the vehicle, ended up pulling out of the project. While the brand found itself without a factory to manufacture its electric vehicle, the team seized this opportunity to rethink the concept and find a new partner for its manufacture. In the end, the Microlino 2.0 is even more promising than the 1.0 version which never saw the light of day.
Even before the official launch, which took place on May 24, the brand had more than 30,000 reservations for its Microlino. We are apparently not the only ones to have succumbed to the charm of this reincarnation of the BMW Isetta of the 50s. But what do we know about this vehicle?
Several versions of the Microlino
If the design remains identical, this new version 2.0 of the Microlino has evolved a lot on the structure of its frame. While the first version was based on a tubular frame, we now find a monocoque structure, as can be produced by Tesla factories. This offers increased safety to the model and above all a better longevity. One thing is certain, the brand could not touch its unique front door, which is what makes this vehicle so special.
To get an idea of the size of this car, you should know that it is only 2.52 m long, 1.47 m wide and 1.50 m high. The vehicle belongs to the category of motor quadricycles, it is limited to 90 km/h. Unlike the Citroën AMI which is intended for a public circulating without a B license, and which is limited to 45 km / h, this Microlino offers a little more versatility.
The Microlino will be available in several finishes and with several battery sizes. The Urban finish will be the entry level of the brand with two colors in the catalog. This model will be equipped with the smallest 6 kWh battery which should offer up to 91 km of autonomy. This finish will be the last to go into production. It will not be available before mid-2023.
The version Dolce will offer the widest choice with 5 colors available and 3 battery sizes to choose from: 6, 10.5 or 14 kWh. The larger battery will be able to offer up to 230 km of range. But the heart of the range will above all be delivered with the 10.5 kWh battery which already offers 177 km of autonomy.
The medium battery will also be the basic battery of the Competizione versions with its 3 matte colors, with the option of taking the large battery.
This 10.5 kWh battery will also be that of the launch version named Pioneer. A series limited to 999 numbered copies which will be delivered in priority to purchasers of the Microlino. They will have rather high-end equipment for this type of vehicle with: sunroof, vegetable leather and alcantara interior, portable Bluetooth speakers that connect with your phone…
An even more exclusive option at €1,999
The launch model comes with an option that is surprising to say the least. For €1,999, you can join the “Pioneer club”. This membership, reserved for customers of the first editions, should offer several advantages to unite a community of buyers around the brand:
- Priority delivery of Microlino (and Microletta) orders,
- the visit of the factory, including the possibility of participating in the assembly of the vehicles,
- invitations to events for pioneer members,
- free checks of the vehicle by traveling technicians (Flying Doctor),
- discounts on all current and future accessories,
- special offers of special services.
After the first year, club membership renewal only costs €1000/year.
As you will have understood, even if we do not yet have the prices for this Microlino, we will be far, very far, from the affordable amount of a Citroën AMI. The brand is rather targeting a high-end clientele, while assuming that this vehicle can meet 95% of the daily needs of urban travel for a greater number.
Marketing that will begin in 2023 for France
It is our Swiss neighbors who will be able to order the Microlino as a priority – it must be said that the company is… Swiss. Sales will then quickly be extended to Germany. For other European countries, you will have to wait until 2023.
With a bit of luck, we should discover the first Microlinos in France before the end of 2023. The brand’s main challenge will be to increase the pace of its production tool. Microlino expects 1,500 models by the end of the year. It will take much more to satisfy the craze of reservations for the model.
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