Latest spy shots reveal the new Mini hatchback, which could be officially unveiled later this year

Spy shots have revealed the next generation of Mini hatchback being tested on the road with minimal camouflage.

Changes to the all-new Mini's styling, compared to the previous generation, include a wide front grille and large headlights with integral daytime running lights. Larger, redesigned rear lights are also apparent.

Reputedly, the new third-generation Mini will deliver a substantial leap forwards in terms of quality, performance and handling. It's thought it could be officially unveiled later this year.

All existing variants of the Mini will be replaced with versions based on the upcoming model, which is underpinned by BMW's recently developed UKL1 platform.

It's rumoured that the new Mini family could extend by up to 11 models; BMW has admitted previously that up to 23 different versions could eventually go into production.

As well as the high-performance versions, the new Mini will be offered with a choice of a petrol or diesel three-cylinder 1.5-litre engine. A six-speed manual gearbox will be available, as will an eight-speed automatic transmission.

More Mini models may also receive four-wheel drive in the future, as demand grows for the improved stability and security that it offers. 

BMW, in preparation for the launch of the new model, has already completed work on the new facilities and training programmes required to build the Mini 3.

Our Verdict

Mini Hatch 2006-2014
With a higher waistline and bonnet, new Mini doesn’t look quite as good as its predecessor

The Mini Hatchback is desirable and fun, and it has great re-sale values

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22 May 2013

I know it has to stick to the idea of looking slightly like a Mini, but they could've passed that off as just a facelift from what I can see so far. I hope it's not disappointing when it's fully revealed.

22 May 2013

SamC wrote:

I know it has to stick to the idea of looking slightly like a Mini, but they could've passed that off as just a facelift from what I can see so far. I hope it's not disappointing when it's fully revealed.

Why reinvent the wheel? The MINI is BMW's most successful product; to radically alter the winning formula doesn't make any sense.

The BMC Mini underwent virtually zero major change during its 40-year lifetime.

 

23 May 2013

kraftwerk wrote:

The BMC Mini underwent virtually zero major change during its 40-year lifetime.

 

Not true there was a world of difference between my 73 Clubman and the 81 Mayfair which I replaced it with.

23 May 2013

KiwiRob wrote:

Not true there was a world of difference between my 73 Clubman and the 81 Mayfair which I replaced it with.

The Clubman didn't replace the original, though. The original soldiered on virtually unchanged.

22 May 2013

The interior has been unchanged since the Mk2 BMW MINI. I do hope there are fun colour schemes for the car though, and the Rocketman. I loved that concept.

I'd be happy with a £500 Ford Fiesta

22 May 2013

But no mention in this article. Neither too the dropping of the central speedo for a conventionally positioned one. Curious omissions.

22 May 2013

Hello MikeSpencer,

We mentioned the five-door version in previous article which you can read here:  

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/new-mini-set-2014-launch

Some of the links on this page take you to the same story.

Yes, the test mule does have a centrally mounted speedometer. It's an interesting change. Do you prefer the new interior layout?

Best regards,

Lewis Kingston

22 May 2013

Lewis Kingston wrote:

Hello MikeSpencer,

Yes, the test mule does have a centrally mounted speedometer. It's an interesting change. Do you prefer the new interior layout?

I've not actually driven a current MINI, but I have sat in one and do find the central speedo a distraction. A move to a column-mounted one would be a positive one for me. Apologies for missing the article you mentioned on the 5-door MINI dated 10th January. I try and read as many Autocar stories as I can but I must have missed that one.

22 May 2013

Dear MikeSpencer,

No apologies needed! 

Best regards,

Lewis Kingston

22 May 2013

I'm glad they have moved the speedo to where it should be, I had one of the first new Minis and always found it to be a bit of a distraction, I'm actually a bit surprised it didn't flout some sort of health and safety rules as it seems a lot quicker just to glance down at the speedo than having to take your eyes completely off the road to see what speed you were doing.

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