• May 2, 2012
Mini has made it clear that it is hard at work on a successor to the automaker's bread-and-butter Cooper. Word has it we'll get our first glimpse at the next-generation Mini toward the end of next year, and when it debuts, Sonny Lim believes the machine will be smaller, more mainstream and far less gimmicky than the current creation.

Having served as the senior designer with BMW DesignWorksUSA, Lim knows a thing or two about BMW styling. His sketches show a modern three-door hatch that's still easily-identifiable as a Mini thanks to bulging fender arches pushed far to the vehicle's corners, pie-plate headlights and a traditional Mini grille.

Lim says the next-generation Cooper will be more true to the concept of the original Cooper. Measuring in at just 140.6 inches from stem to stern, the Mini Zero Concept is shorter than the current hatchback and just slightly longer than the the now deceased Mini Rocketman Concept. The clipped size means the Zero weighs in at 1,851 pounds, which should help it yield better fuel economy and performance with minimal changes to the drivetrain. Head over to Behance.net for a deeper dive.


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      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      unfortunately it won't look like that
      untitledfolder
      • 2 Years Ago
      So Sonny Lim just made some casual guesses (I don't see any influences from the news we heard before about the F56 already. Where's the suicide door?) about the next MINI and ripped the Ford concept? Great job Sonny!
      FeMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Given that the MINI has looked the same for the past 10 years, this is a welcome change.
      th0mb0ne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Needs more greenhouse, please.
        eddyjoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        this is one of those times when i agree with the "more greenhouse" opinion. given that i'm a soon-to-be MINI owner, such small windows on such a small car (non-performance, ala aventador) would elicit claustrophobia, at least in me.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really like his concept and all, but these are all just pure guesses. Sure he's worked for BMW DesignWorksUSA, so they are educated guesses, but guesses none the less. Also, from what I can see, DesignWorksUSA, is just a consultancy firm, so I don't believe that they have any real links to the automotive side of BMW's business. These renderings could just have easily been done by some yahoo in his basement - the only reason AB posted them is because they were fooled into thinking they were connected with BMW's car division.
        Compliance
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Sadly, Autoblog also posts mockups from basement dwelling yahoos all the time :(
      David Hu
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like Sonny used the Ford Start images as a "template" for his renderings. This isn't uncommon practice in the auto design industry, i.e. the use of an image of a similarly sized car as an underlay for a render. It's more of a time saver, because then you're not spending so much time tweaking your render to make sure the perspectives are spot-on; distorting certain things due to camera lenses; or figuring out how long the wheel base REALLY is from a 3/4 bird's eye view. The designer can simply focus on transferring the design he/she has from the hundreds of sketches to producing a more photo-realistic rendering without constructing it in a 3D modeling program. That being said, I don't condone it--I've just seen it done often. It would've been nice to see at least the background being changed; looks like the ground shadows weren't even touched.
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      As one who has spent a great deal of time in Minis of the current generation, I don't see how they can make the car much smaller. As it is, there is not much hood up front, the trunk is barely big enough for one suitcase, and the interior is a little tight, particularly in the back seat. That said, I don't see how they can shrink the car's size, and have it maintain its practical appeal.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      graphikzking
      • 2 Years Ago
      1851 lbs ? I'd love to know where they get that exact weight. Usually they say "sub 2000lbs" or even "about 1850 lbs" Somehow I don't think they can cut that much weight without increasing the costs by a lot. Aluminum, etc will all cost a lot of money for a car that costs roughly 20k to start. The lotus elise was 40k, 2 seater was completely bare inside (no glove box, no carpeting in the floors etc) and was still just about 2000 lbs. More power to them if they pull it off but I just can't see a Cooper S being that light. It will be a monster though at 180hp and 1800lbs.
        Travisty
        • 2 Years Ago
        @graphikzking
        Easy, Kim was working in kilograms (840kg), and then that got converted to US measurements.
      GML
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mini seems to love variants. Why don't they create a no-frills variant, you know, like the original Mini? Mini's were great because they were extremely simple and well thought out. Create a low-weight, ultra clean version for minimalists.
        Pdexter
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GML
        To me this kind of sounds like that. They are making the car smaller, most probably to give room for bigger variants. As for no-frills model, BMW isn't going to put this against basic Polo and i think that's fine.
      A. W. Lawson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks a lot like the Ford Smart concept.. http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/tim//2010/04/23/FordStart_SS01_610x406.jpg
        Hibernia
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A. W. Lawson
        That's what I said but my post isn't showing up here. Pics are identical to those in the actual autoblog gallery for the Smart: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/ford-start-concept/#photo-2918144/
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's great that they trimmed weight down to such a low level. The original Mini was a great driver's car because of the low wight However, if there's one complaint that I have about the current Mini, it's that it is cramped for a B segemt car That goes against the entire concept of the original Mini- lots of space in a small package. Also, pricing should be cheaper. It should be priced at mor Veloster/500 levels than its current $20k starting price.
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