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The next generation of the MINI Cooper will be the most dramatic change from the past since the new MINI was introduced in 2001.
Described as a, “bigger design leap than the last one,” by BMW Group design chief Adrian van Hooydonk, that’s not saying much with the current model and the original new MINI nearly identical.
Still, according to a report by AutoCar, MINI brand design chief Anders Warming says his team will start from scratch for the latest model. In addition, MINI is reportedly working on a new interior design that could see a move away from the highly-stylized, yet often criticized novelty-sized central speedometer.
The larger change, however, will come under the hood with reports suggesting the Cooper will be powered by a new turbocharged 3-cylinder engine.