A brand new generation of the MINI Cooper is just around the corner, and that means replacements for all the different variants including the sportier Cooper S and John Cooper Works trims, as well as all the other bodystyles MINI is currently offering. We were recently given a preview of the styling of the new MINI Cooper with the
MINI Vision concept car
, but these latest spy shots give us a good look at what the actual production version will look like.
Right off the bat we’ll see a new version of the regular MINI Cooper, prototypes of which we’ve been seeing for almost two years
. The second model, a prototype of which is featured here, will be the sportier Cooper S, which is likely to land in showrooms around the same time as the regular Cooper.
A clear giveaway that this is the Cooper S and not just the regular Cooper are the centrally-mounted exhaust tips. The prototype is also wearing bigger wheels than previously seen, suggesting it’s running bigger brakes and high-performance tires.
One big change for the entire MINI family will be coming in the form of a new three-cylinder engine family
, although four-cylinder units will also be on offer. This family of modular gasoline and diesel engines will eventually go into some 1.5 million BMW and MINI models annually.
At launch, a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine will deliver approximately 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque (169 pound-feet with overboost function), while a 2.0-liter four-cylinder will offer 189 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque (221 pound-feet with overboost). The latter is likely the unit powering this Cooper S.
The shot of the cabin reveals a much more upmarket look. It is dominated by large display for the infotainment settings. As we learned recently, the new MINI Cooper, including this Cooper S, will be available with some advanced driver assist features
such as a head-up display, self-driving parking assist and an automatic brake function.
The world premiere of the new MINI Cooper will be held simultaneously in the British capital of London and at the MINI plant in Oxford on November 18
, after which the car heads out to the U.S. and Japan for its public debuts on November 20 at the respective Los Angeles and Tokyo auto shows. First sales are expected early in the new year.
Note, also spotted in the wild is a new five-door MINI Cooper variant, which may end up replacing the Clubman. Click here for the spy shots
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