• May 7, 2010
2011 Mini Cooper and Clubman spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

The next-generation Mini Cooper isn't slated to arrive until 2012, but judging by this latest set of spy shots, it looks like parent company BMW is working on a very, very minor facelift for the 2011 model year Cooper and Clubman hatches. The slight tweaks include things like a new front bumper with revised air intakes (similar to those on the Countryman crossover), a revised rear bumper and restyled taillights with LEDs.

Our spies also indicate that some of these prototypes were sporting some interior cladding, meaning that a slightly revised dash and instrument cluster could be on tap for 2011. The Mini's interior is growing a bit long in the tooth, especially the oversized speedometer – a kitschy feature that is rapidly losing its cuteness.

It isn't much, but these slight upgrades should be plenty in order to keep the Minis fresh until an all-new model launches. Look for the updated Minis to appear at this year's Paris Motor Show, and click through the gallery below to see the spy shots for yourself.



[Source: CarPix]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm almost 6'3" and I fit fine. I don't understand how you can't fit in it? The seat goes up and down and slides back until it hits the back seat. I don't fit in a porsche Boxster but I fit in a mini just fine. I like my JCW but the gas mileage isn't all that they promise.

      Ed, could you elaborate more on your porsche comment? Found that an interesting line.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Until they completely redo the interior, this car remains for kids and chicks.

      Of all the versions, the original (new) mini had the best interior... although still to fussy.

      I would love to see a simplified, streamlined interior, with function over form. A rarity these days, but would be perfectly fitting on this car.

      I'd love to drive a Mini... but the interior is such an plastic busy mess, I can't get past it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        big deal... I too have broken bread with paul jr. & sr. before they were stars down in Daytona myself. Doesn’t mean I know them on a personal level.

        Lets hear the names of those companies that went under and why they were so dependent on a bunch of bike builders. I'll wait...
        • 4 Years Ago
        How many "kids" do you know that can afford a $25K car?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't ask me why that stupid comment keeps popping up. That’s the 10th time its done that when I hit reply.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like they've also added roof bars to the Clubman, which previously only had the option of a roof rack kit that required modification to the roof's drip rail in order to install it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's the point of slight changes to a retro design? The Mustang went through a few changes from 65 to 69 (before it turned into a boat) that can be reflected nicely in updates to the 'new' Mustang - but the Mini never really changed.

      This must cost money to do, and no one can tell the difference or cares, so what's the point?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like how they cover up the badge as if we won't know what car this is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I gotta be honest, I can't even tell anything has changed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They're starting to feel like Porsche.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't give a rat's ass what the 2011 face lift looks like. This morning I took my Cooper S to the dealer this morning for repair. They just called me and said that it was going to have to spend the weekend. This is the second time it has been in for engine repair that requires tear-down. This time it's the timing chain and adjuster. it has come apart and parts have fallen into the oil pan. Last time the heater wouldn't work so they replaced the water pump, fuel pump, all belts and plugs. I'm glad that it is under warranty, but I live in fear at what labor and parts costs will be once the warranty is gone. Did I mention that I have never abused this car in any way. I cannot WAIT until the economy gets better so I can unload this piece of junk.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I whole hearty disagree with the speedometer statement, it may be kitchy, but A: that's half the point, and B: it's part of what make the car so unique. I have the original style speedo with the biggest of all version of the center mount and I like it better then any of the newer versions, it was clean and simple and definitely hearkened back to racing roots. I think if they decide to update the center console they should put a round lcd panel that could show the speedo, but then change to display other things, with the push of the button. OR maybe retain the center speedo for only the cooper, and the other brands coudl brand there own insides differently. However to change that major inside part I think would be a loss to the mini lovers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      HATE the interior on this car.
      Please fix. Long in the tooth...... yes, indeed.

      More interior room please, also. I am a 6 footer.. with longer legs than most.. and of average weight. I do not fit in this car. That sucks. My Del Sol was more comfortable than this, and that's not saying much.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You don't fit in a R56 Mini? What do you have, a 50" inseam? I know of a 6' 5" guy that has no problem, whatsoever in fitting in the Mini. Have you ever even been in a Mini? I doubt that very much with a comment like you made. I'm 6' and I have to move the seat up to actuate the clutch and brakes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know what to tell you. A corvette is even less comfortable though, i've sat in both back to back. I have particularly long legs which means i don't fit in a miata either - my legs bump up against the dashboard.

        In the mini cooper there is almost no side room for your arms and that's the most annoying part.

        Meanwhile i have no problem with anything else. I had a Del Sol for a while and it was fine.. Honda Civics.. Acura integra.. Nissan subcompacts.. no problem.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow.. just amazing how many people attack the MINI's interior so quickly... amazing how nobody attacks the Camry's or similar's interior. It is a fantastic car to drive. It has a quirky and unique interior which is solid enough.

      Anybody can harp on car's inability to maintain reliability. I've had my fully-loaded 2008 MINI Cooper S for 51,000 miles (which means a lot more options to go wrong) with zero problems. It has been modified (intercooler, boost tubes, cowl-air intake, tune, rear sway, Cross Coilovers, control arms) for 30,000 miles.

      It is an amazingly fun car. It is an amazing feeling when you destroy people on the track or autocross with what people think is a girl or kids car. Really? Your Mustang GT got smoked by a MINI Cooper? Really, a 2,500lb car with 245whp ((about 280-300bhp)) and 285lbft of torque ((about 320wtq))) is embarrassing?

      People bash the MINI because it is over-hyped by reviewers. It is perfectly functional if you OWN it. Maybe if you don't rent it. Yes, there is a learning curve to that damn navigation knob. But hell, once you get to drive it, it is wicked fun. Nothing more satisfying than keeping in line with a Corvette in a woman's car.

      Grow some balls and appreciate some of the finer things in life. Sure, you can pay for a picnic package. But... get the base model and you will be surprised at what you get.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope they make the center-mounted speedometer bigger and more cheesy. :-/
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