MINI USA product boss Pat McKenna has confirmed that there's huge interest in a properly mini model, but there's a problem.
That means that the Rocketman's only hope lies in a partnership with another carmaker, a mission that MINI has been on since the Rocketman first appeared in 2011.
MINI won't take just any platform, however. McKenna says that, due to the brand's "emphasis on driving performance", a suitable existing architecture in the city-car market has yet to be found.
He added that the brand hasn't given up searching: “We see some potential for that car in this market (the US), and the rest of the world has an even higher demand.”
MINI may find its answer with parent BMW, thanks to its technology and platform partnership with Toyota.
The two companies have confirmed plans for a large sports-car architecture; could a new city-car architecture also appear?
Time will tell, but as a genuinely mini MINI, the Rocketman might just be the ticket to winning back many of the brand's traditional fans.