The next F56 MINI will be unveiled later this year and several prototypes are still being heavily tested by German engineers. The latest spy photos, despite the heavy camouflage, give us a closer look at the overall dimensions of the new MINI as well as to its interior design.
The F56 MINI is built on a new front-wheel drive platform which will be shared between the MINI and the FWD BMW vehicles. The MINI Cooper S spied here retains the usual appearance with two centrally positioned tailpipes. Hidden under the swirly tape seem to be Air Curtains that will give the car a more aggressive look.
Inside, the F56 retains the round display positioned behind the wheel, but with a speed indication instead of tachometer. The classic center console in the middle of the dashboard now contains only the radio, navigation and infotainment technology, and is no longer used as an oversized speedometer. The lights are controlled with a switch placed in front of the left knee of the driver.
Under the hood, we will see for the first time BMW’s new family of three-cylinder engines, producing from around 100 to 130 horsepower. The more powerful models Cooper S and John Cooper Works will continue to use four combustion chambers, but each should provide a little more power than the current generation R56.