Mini’s trademark large central speedo has been axed for the next generation of models, according to these exclusive spy pictures.
The interior of the new Mini Cooper model spied here has largely the same look as the current model's, including the large, circular display for the centre console. But the large speedo that runs around the circumference of the current car's display is absent in this development model.
Although instantly recognisable, the Mini’s large speedo has often been critcised for being hard to read. Indeed, a second digital speedo on the instrument binnacle is fitted to current Minis.
The pictures also reveal the adoption of a BMW iDrive-style controller for the new Minis to control the infotainment system instead of the current car's knob and buttons.
The stop-start button has also been moved, and closer inspection of the switch below the gearstick shows that the driver can switch between ‘Green’ and ‘Sport’ modes.
The new Mini three-door is due to be revealed before the end of the year ahead of it going on sale in early 2013. The standard hatchback range will be joined for the first time by a new five-door version, which Autocar uncovered last month.