Now engineers from BMW’s small car brand are out testing a prototype for an updated Hardtop 4 Door. (Elsewhere the vehicle is known as the Mini 5 Door.)
Since the Hardtop 4 Door was only introduced for 2015, expect only minimal changes for the updated range.
The prototype is for the Cooper S Hardtop 4 Door, and judging by the camouflage gear it wears we can expect some minor revisions to the lights and bumpers. Similar changes should also feature on the base Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.
Under the hood, the current inline-3 and -4 powertrain offerings should carry over, perhaps with tweaks for improved performance and efficiency. At the top of the range will remain the Cooper S.
While we’re unlikely to see a John Cooper Works Hardtop 4 Door, there’s the possibility Mini will add the plug-in hybrid powertrain that debuted in the 2017 Mini Cooper S E Countryman. The setup uses an inline-3 at the front and an electric motor at the rear and delivers a peak 221 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque.
We should know more closer to the reveal of the updated Hardtop 4 Door in the first half of 2018. The updated range should be introduced for the 2019 model year.