Mini is on the "threshold of a new chapter" as it enters its second decade under BMW ownership, according to design director Adrian van Hooydonk.
Speaking to Autocar during a visit to the UK, van Hooydonk revealed that a major review of Mini's future strategy was presented to the BMW board in the middle of May.
"Mini will stay as a premium car and one of the future guidelines for us is the phrase 'from an icon to icons'," he said. "Future models will continue to acknowledge the original Mini. That car used some very clever engineering, which led to unique solutions and unique construction."
The original Mini's handling prowess on the road and in competition will also influence Mini's future direction. Its fashion heritage will play its part too, van Hooydonk said.
"That combination of clever engineering, serious handling and fashion was very strong, and will live through in future Minis," he said.