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.
[Source: Winding Road]