Spied: 2014 Mini Cooper

The next MINI Cooper has been caught testing, and these latest pictures reveal more details of the new model, which has been codenamed F56.

These pictures show the new grille and headlamps of the next-generation MINI Hatch, which shares its platform with the next BMW 1 Series. You can clearly see a longer wheelbase in these shots, and the bonnet has a heavier slope to it, compared to the current car.

The headlamps appear to follow those of the Countryman, with a more rounded, slightly stretched and bulbous look, while the grille is more upright, but stays true to the design of the current car’s. There’s a more aggressive front bumper, and the rear should have a similar treatment. The new car also gets a sharper waistline, while the traditional plastic wheelarch extensions, black roof pillars and floating roof are all retained.

The new MINI will be wider than the current car, which will create more interior space, It will also improve stability, something the longer wheelbase will also help deliver, so it should offer better roadholding than the current car.

There will be a new generation of engines under the bonnet, starting with BMW's new three-cylinder engines capable of up to 100mpg and emissions of 80g/km. At the performance end of the range, the performance flagship John Cooper Works version will have up to 220bhp, as it chases down the Audi A1.

The new MINI will be in showrooms in late 2013. For more details click here.
Thanks to: Auto Express


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