Rumor: Next-Gen Mini Cooper Getting BMW-Like Interior

Rumors | January 21st, 2012 by 15
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In 2014 Mini will launch the next generation of MINI Cooper models. The second generation Cooper will be the first to use the new front-wheel …

In 2014 Mini will launch the next generation of MINI Cooper models. The second generation Cooper will be the first to use the new front-wheel drive platform developed by BMW.

The new hatchback is said to retain the retro MINI style and the biggest surprise could come from the inside. Recent spy photos reveal an interior design which is very BMW-like. In a way, the design cues resemble the ones found in the 1 Series, with the typical arrangement of gauges, radios buttons and dashboard as seen in BMW vehicles.

Will MINI go through with such a radical change? Hard to predict at the moment, but there is also the possibility that the spy photos captured the BMW 1 Series GT with MINI-style body parts in order to hide the field testing of a BMW with the front-wheel drive platform.

Rumor: Next Gen Mini Cooper Getting BMW Like Interior

The 1 Series Gran Turismo, also known internally as Compact Activity Tourer, will be one of the first front-wheel drive vehicles from BMW. Design wise, the 1er GT follows the steps of the 5 Series GT niche model and also the future 3 Series GT.  1 GT will be 2 inches (5cm) longer than the 3-door and 5-door models, but it will sport an unique front-end. To reflect the Gran Turismo design, the 1 GT will have an elevated driving position, as seen in the 5 Gran Turismo.

Earlier this week, in an interview for Automotive News, Dr. Kay Segler, Head of MINI, says the company will add three models by the end of the decade. Segler refrained from offering specific details on the three models, but they will likely use the upcoming front-wheel drive platform that will be shared with the BMW family as well.

[Source: InsideLine ]

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  • LaMa

    yawn, Mini is already in its 2nd gen. The next New-Mini will be the 3rd gen…

    Mini is a Mini. This is BMWBLOG. Isn’t there a Mini-blog ?  I just don’t care about that overpriced over-hyped FWD little car when you are on a BMW blog.

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      MINI is part of BMW, same as Rolls-Royce, and with more and more parts and platforms shared across, the overlapping coverage will continue.

      • LaMa

        I don’t see any Rolls Rolls stories here ever though !  not that would interest me either but I’m just saying. 

        • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

          Click at the top on RR

  • LaMa

    more importantly Dani Sordo got 2nd place on WRC Monte Carlo. Great job from the Mini Prodrive team and of course Dani Sordo. He is a real good driver who until now missed a factory support. I can see him being a champion once Loeb retires. 

    • empower

      and mini won the dakar rally beating hummers but not mention, this site deals with more hear say then fact

  • F8ck

    FWD platform…japanese and korean crap going trough BMW pure blooded veins. BMW starts using drugs and loose herself. Shit man, they started by removing those pure atmospherical inline sixers, now that! I’m confused….

  • Guest

    No more big tachometer?

  • http://about.me/bentyyc Ben Tsui

    I think the test mule has done it’s job… I believe it’s actually a BMW 0-series or 1-series using MINI panels as disguise. This would explain the “BMW interior”.

  • http://about.me/bentyyc Ben Tsui

    I think the test mule has done it’s job… I believe it’s actually a BMW 0-series or 1-series using MINI panels as disguise. This would explain the “BMW interior”.

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