Mini’s new Coupe has been spied in testing ahead of its launch at the Frankfurt motor show in September.
Along with its soft-top Roadster sibling, which will be launched at Geneva in March 2012, the Mini Coupe is a last hurrah for the current generation of Mini models before the all-new model range starts to appear in late 2012.
The Mini Coupe will go on sale before the end of the year. It will be a strict two-seater and will offer significantly improved luggage space over the current Mini Cabrio it is based on.
It also gets a new windscreen surround and more heavily raked windscreen than the Cabrio, while the rear wings and elevation are also all new. An Audi TT-style pop-up rear spoiler features, too.
The Mini Coupe is expected to be available in Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works formats. A diesel model is also likely for European markets, using the new 2.0-litre BMW diesel unit.
The Roadster and Coupe are, however, unlikely to get the upcoming 1.5-litre, twin-scroll turbocharged, three-cylinder engines destined for the new-generation Mini hatch.
This new-generation engine has been designed specifically for use in the new-generation Mini platform, which will also underpin the front-drive replacement for the BMW 1-series.