The latest edition of the MINI Hatchback, internal name R56, will receive a life cycle impulse in September of this year. The changes take place both under the hood, and also in the exterior design.
Recent spy photos reveal front and rear bumpers that are more aggressive and sporty than the current ones. The front fascia will sport enhanced air intakes that will provide additional ventilation to the brakes. The faux air intake remains, but a more aggressive bonnet will be introduced in this facelift.
Some elements from the Countryman, like the lower grille, made their way into this facelift.
While not shown in these spy photos, the rear end design goes through some changes as well. LEDs are in. The taillights will incorporate them into their classic design, along with the indicator turn.
But the real changes come from under the hood. MINI will increase the power on some of their models, starting with the MINI One, 96 horsepower, MINI Cooper, 120 horsepower, and MINI Cooper S, 184 horsepower from a new turbocharged twin-scroll engine.
Also, the MINI Cooper D R56 uses the same engine found in the new Cooper D Countryman, 112 horsepower and 270 Nm of maximum torque. There is also another rumor floating around mentioning BMW’s N47 engine, a four-cylinder powerplant with 143 horsepower, that could make its way into the MINI refreshed lineup.
The refreshed MINI lineup will be available in September.