The launch for the much awaited next generation MINI Cooper is getting closer. The 2014 MINI Cooper has been spotted uncamouflaged, which reveals new exterior elements of the two-door hatchback. The changes are significant compared to its predecessor but the overall stance of the hatchback remains the same. The sports hatchback gets treated with modern styling elements like the LED corona daytime running lamps, inspired from the 2011 Rocketman concept. The front grille has been revised in order to give it a more rounded look, which integrates the bumper neatly in matte black finish.
Overall, the front fascia now looks more rounded and retro, which appears to be slightly longer than its predecessor to match with the latest pedestrian safety regulations. The windshield is slightly raked now and continues with the similar sporty roofline, tipped with a chunky new spoiler. The rear end gets an updated tail lamp cluster which has grown big in size to blend with the new design language. On the interiors we can expect considerable changes to make it look more stylish. The 2014 MINI Cooper is said to be ditching the centre mounted speedometer. Instead, the speedometer will be placed conventionally behind the steering wheel.
Expect the new MINI to be high on latest gadgetry trickling down from BMW models. The new MINI Cooper is likely to use the same front engine, front wheel drive UKL architecture shared with the upcoming BMW 1 Series GT and Active Tourer MPV. The entire MINI Cooper family will be moving to an all three-cylinder lineup featuring a twin-scroll turbo, direct injection and variable valve timing, producing between 120 to 200 HP. The 2014 MINI is likely to be unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Source – Autoblog