This latest set of spy photographs give us the best peek yet at the next-generation MINI Cooper S three-door hatchback. It differs from the standard car we saw earlier in the usual ways, with add-on hood scoop, lower air intakes, roof spoiler and centre-mounted twin exhaust exits.
The side view perhaps shows the new MINI’s biggest visual change yet. Front overhang looks much longer and the headlights are steeply pulled back far more than before, reminisce of the Rocketman Concept. The wing mirrors look like they’re hiding signal repeaters too.
Round the back the lights clusters are clearly larger than before, albeit with the same circular internal elements. Much bigger changes abound inside – the cabin loses the centre speedo while the platform is co-developed with BMW; to be shared with fellow front-wheel drive 1 Series GT and its MPV variant.
No word yet on what’s underneath the hood. Some say it’s a highly tuned version of BMW’s turbocharged three-cylinder engine, while others insist that the Prince 1.6 litre turbo unit will stay on. Either way, don’t expect it to stray far away from the current MINI Cooper S’ 184 hp output.