The next-generation MINI Cooper is coming with some revised style, and AutoGuide’s spy photographers grabbed shots of the little car testing with less camo than ever before.
The new MINI Cooper is expected to take many of its styling cues from the Rocketman Concept. Slightly raked front lights and a new lower front bumper are part of the changes coming, along with a new rear-end shape. Thanks to its tie-up with BMW, the Mini Cooper will likely take on a classier more fluid look, more in line with the current BMW model range than with the classic boxy MINI Cooper shape.
Under the hood, a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine making 120 hp is expected. In the Mini Cooper S, that number could reach 180 hp.
The car is also expected to grow a little bit as it now has a new front-wheel drive platform which is shared with BMW.
Production is expected to begin sometime in late 2013, with the car arriving as a model year 2014.