Earlier spy-shots of a Mini test-mule (pictured thumbnail) with a strange looking joystick next to the main gearstick generated speculation that the next generation Mini was going to feature a new iDrive system similar to those used in BMWs. According to the guys over at Winding Road, the new car won’t be getting the iDrive multi-function controller. At least this way we won’t have to read more winging from journalists over the love/hate iDrive.
Apparently, the small controller seen in the earlier spy images was actually a tool used to input data to the sat-nav system. A conventional touchscreen was dropped because it wouldn’t fit the design of the centre console. All other commands, such as controlling the stereo and AC, will remain as in the current model. Further, the simplicity of all the knobs and buttons is of the most recognisable and sought-after features that buyers of the Mini seek.