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 |  Apr 06 2010, 10:28 AM

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Several patent drawings obtained by Autoblog show what the news outlet claims are the production designs for the upcoming MINI Coupe and Roadster. Both vehicles look remarkably similar to their concept counterparts, even down to the helmet roof for the Coupe.

The overall design still looks almost identical to the hatches, with the main feature separating the two-doors being a lack of a rear hatch. As for engines, we expect to find a turbocharged version of the 1.6-liter 4-cylinder under the hood.

In a recent conversation we had with MINI U.S.A. Boss Jim McDowell, he commented that we should be pleasantly surprised by some of the surprises in store. He also said that he wouldn’t be surprised if the MINI Roadster came to own the entry-level roadster segment that Mazda currently has locked-down with the Miata.

GALLERY: MINI Coupe and Roadster Patent Drawings

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[Source: Autoblog]

 |  Sep 04 2009, 9:40 AM

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MINI has confirmed that a vehicle based on the Coupé Concept, as well as another model will go into production in the near future at the company’s MINI Plant Oxford.

As for what that mystery model will be, it has been widely reported that a Roadster, also based on the Coupé Concept, is in the works and will debut alongside the Coupé Concept on September 15th at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

Both models are expected to be powered by the same John Cooper Works turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder, making 211hp and 192 ft-lbs of torque, with a bump to 206 ft-lbs possible thanks to an overboost function.

GALLERY: MINI Coupé Concept

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 |  Aug 28 2009, 10:05 AM

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When MINI officially debuts its Coupé Concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show next month, that model will be joined on stage by a Roadster Concept as well.

According to Inside Line, both models will see production for the 2011 model year. MINI also plans to offer both models in all of its international markets.

The picture above was snapped by the folks at Edmunds at the official 50th anniversary party for the MINI in Nice, France, where Alex Issigonis designed the original model on a cocktail napkin.

In addition, BMW is reportedly in talks with Toyota over using the next generation of the iQ platform as the basis for an even mini-er MINI line, including both a coupe and roadster. A super-small BMW Isetta-sized car is also reportedly in the works.

As for the MINI Countryman, its debut has reportedly been delayed and will not take place at the Frankfurt Auto Show as first reported. Expect a Geneva Auto Show debut instead.

[Source: Edmunds]