• Jun 11th 2010 at 3:31PM
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If loose lips truly sank ships, the interwebs would be at the bottom of the Pacific. A few shots of the 2011 Mini Cooper and Cooper S have hit the web courtesy of the keen-eyed crew at MotoringFile. As you might expect, Mini isn't exactly walking away from the iconic shape that has dominated the brand since it hit the scene a few short years ago. Instead, it looks like we'll be seeing (very) slightly reworked front fascias with something of a smiley face treatment and a host of LED lighting.

From what we can tell from these few leaked brochure photos, it looks like we can expect a few new colors to hit the Cooper pallete as well. The base Cooper will be available dipped in Spice Orange and the Cooper S will boast a powder blue hue in addition to the spectrum already available for the car. So far, we're not quite sure what to expect in terms of power or drivetrain additions, but our guess is things will continue to stay pretty much the same for 2011. Thanks for the tip, Gabe!

[Source: MotoringFile]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Interwebs can't sink.
      The tubes act as flotation devices.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yo... MINI... the outside is fine. The power output is fine. Just make the interior more solid feeling already so it doesn't sound like such a rattle trap after 20,000 miles!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Exterior tweaks are all well and good, but it's the interior in which I live. It needs more than a few tweaks. It needs to be redone completely!

      Cars like the MINI and the Fiat 500 will never stray too far from how they look today. That's to be expected in such cars which pay homage to their progenitors (i.e. "retro" cars). Such cars present quite a challenge to their designers in terms of how differently they can be made to look from their present forms, I'd imagine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a leak ?

      • 5 Years Ago
      Your WWII metaphor needs work. If "loose lips" gave the enemy information who then "sank ships" Loose lips would belong to the bloggers who share info, the interweb would still be a series of tubes, but this time they'd be torpedo tubes, used to share the information allowing the enemy to sink ships... I'm a dork I know it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't mind the exterior of the Mini, but I personally don't care for the interior. It's just not my cup of tea (the giant mounted center speedo is my main complaint). I am not a big fan of retro, so I doubt there will ever be a Mini in driveway anytime soon.

      They are a blast to drive though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        One thing that gives me pause in considering another MINI Cooper or Countryman is the interior.

        I have an 2005 MC, and I think my dash is a lot classier and more tasteful than the current cartoonish/weird-for-weird's sake one. For this reason, the fact that the Countryman's dash is basically unchanged from the current MC/MCS is disappointing.

        I have the Nav system option, so my speedo rides above my steering wheel, and I have no giant saucer in the center. My Nav screen is there instead. Looks so much classier this way. Even in the current version, having the Nav option is a vast improvement, even if you still get a redundant analog speedo rimming the huge central area. It's a more tasteful choice to having that one giant speedometer at that site.

        I'm actually considering a Nissan Juke instead due to my disappointment in the new Countryman, let alone the projected cost of it. Better value for the money and just as capable (maybe?).

        • 5 Years Ago
        Love the large center dial!
        Not because it is retro but because it is more useful/efficient.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Wish they would get the reliability of the turbo models up, two people I know with them would never buy again.
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