Given the spate of new models Mini has introduced in the past few years, from the Clubman to the Countryman to the Coupe to the Roadster, it sometimes seems like BMW has forgotten about the original model, the plain old Mini Cooper hardtop. It was last redesigned for the 2007 model year, which seems like a long time ago because, well, it is. Which is why Mini will shortly introduce an all-new hardtop Cooper, which our camera spies have captured testing in Europe.

We're told that the new model is codenamed F56, but more importantly, its underpinnings are said to be shared with the next-generation BMW 1 Series. While Mini will continue to put four-cylinder engines underhood, there's presumably a three-cylinder in the works as well, though we're not sure whether that model will make it to our shores.

While we've seen some spy shots of the 2014 Mini Cooper before, these seem to confirm that the car will grow a bit in size, both length and width. We are told that the longer hood and greater front overhang may be the result of fake front body panels, but the new front and rear glass appears to accurately represent the forthcoming production car, which will have a more raked angle to its windshield and rear window.

BMW is expected to start production of the 2014 Mini Cooper early next year.


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      Chris Bangle
      • 2 Years Ago
      The appeal of the Mini Hardtop is the fact it's a small car! Stop making it bigger! If someone wants a bigger Mini, they can get a Clubman or Countryman. If you're going to swell the size of the Mini Hardtop (again)... at least back fill it with a proper smaller coupe that isn't ugly (talking to you Mini Coupe & Roadster). A production version of the Mini Rocketman would be nice!
      mycommentemail
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Mini is getting bigger again? I was kind of hoping they could keep it in the footprint of the original (new) mini.
      futuramautoblog
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is it getting bigger?? For whom is it for?? Current Hardtop model is already a decent size. It's hugely disappointing to see it getting bigger.
      Txdesign
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the reason it's getting bigger, unfortunately, is the shared platform with the new FWD 1-series platform. It's just too costly to have a bespoke chassis for just the Mini. And while I hope that much of the huge new front overhang is camouflage, I am afraid that some has to do with the euro pedestrian impact standards. At the risk of sounding like those BMW guys who think the last decent M3 was the E30, I think the R50/53 was a smash hit that won't be repeated. I will come back to Mini if the Rocketman or something very similar is produced. If not looks like the is a 500 Abarth in my future after all the current dealer charging over MSRP silliness is over.
      Larry
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they keep growing the mini I might be on my last one. I loved my 2002 and while my 2011 has more power it isn't as exciting to drive. I blame the extra size.
      AlphaGnome
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's either: A) A huge Mini... or B) A tiny person...
      vc-10
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will they make the new Mini vaguely space efficient? The Issigonis original was a masterpiece of packaging, but both new versions have been a little lackluster when it comes to space. They're hardly smaller than my Polo, but the Polo's got a lot more space inside. I know they're more about style, but the smaller Fiat 500 has more space inside.
      mmkoesel
      • 2 Years Ago
      While it is true that the underpinnings will be shared with some upcoming BMW 1 series models, this is not the same platform introduced recently with the F20/F21 1 Series hatchback models. So in other words BMW will be introducing some FWD 1 series models, and that's why the platform sharing with Mini makes sense. I'm not saying the author said different, but it seemed like it was worth clarifying this point.
        1STH
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mmkoesel
        just so you know, the F20 1-series is NOT a new car....it is essentially an E82 with a new design and shared underpinnings. the REAL next 1-series will be out, as you said, as a 2015 car with FWD.
          mmkoesel
          • 2 Years Ago
          @1STH
          That is not true at all. The F20 is based on a brand new chassis that is itself derived from the new F30 chassis. It is not related to the E8x in any way. The F20 will be with us for seven years just like most any other BMW model. The FWD models will be additions to the lineup and consist of a 1 series GT and an MPV-like vehicles. There is also rumor of a four door coupe which might also use the FWD platform as well.
        eddyjoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mmkoesel
        perhaps going with the new naming scheme for bmw, using odd numbers for sedans and even numbers for coupes, the current 1-series will be renamed a 2-series and a new, fwd 1-series will emerge.
          mmkoesel
          • 2 Years Ago
          @eddyjoe
          The current F20 and F21 1 series models will remain 1 series models. The 2 series name, if rumors hold true, will indeed be assigned to the upcoming F22 coupe and F23 convertible. The new FWD models will simply be additions to the lineup 1 series lineup and will sit along side the RWD/AWD F20 and F21.
        Cat Zura
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mmkoesel
        Correct. The next gen FWD 1-series family will in fact start with the 2014 1-series GT. The RWD 2-series (coming next year) will be the replacement for today's 1 coupe/cabrio. It will be based on the F20 platform which underpins the current 1 series hatchback in Europe (the last RWD 1). Weather or not in 8 years time we will see a separate RWD 2-series(and M2/Z2?) remains to be seen...
          Justin Campanale
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Cat Zura
          This just makes me sad. A FWD 1 series, and yet another blasted GT. BMW is turning into the next Toyota. Liteally selling their soul in order to gain sales.
      Hernan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will they make an All4 version?
      creamwobbly
      • 2 Years Ago
      The original model isn't the Cooper. The MINI One is the base model, also available as a soft top.
        Dayv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @creamwobbly
        The Mini One name isn't used in the US. Before the Clubman was introduced, the models were the Mini Cooper Hardtop and the Mini Cooper Convertible. They were collectively both referred to as the Mini Cooper by basically everyone. Since then, Mini has continued to associate the Cooper name with every vehicle: Mini Cooper Hardtop Mini Cooper Convertible Mini Cooper Clubman Mini Cooper Countryman Mini Cooper Coupe Mini Cooper Roadster But in the real world of actually talking about cars, people usually refer to them as: Mini Cooper (Hardtop or Convertible) Mini Clubman Mini Countryman Mini Coupe Mini Roadster It's pretty silly on Mini's part to try to make them all be Minis *and* all be Coopers, unless they want to change the marque's name to Mini Cooper.
      SteveM
      • 2 Years Ago
      Glad to see I'm not in the minority on this one. BMW - are you listening? We hate that these wonderful cars keep getting larger. At this rate, within 3 more model iterations you may as well call it a RAV4.
        Snark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SteveM
        Actually, most reports I've read suggest that it shrinks. But hey, why let a lack of complete information stand in the way of an angry opinion? It's the new American way. And really, who cares about a few millimeters here or there? They're still small cars.
      awhk
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, the next Countryman will be as big as a Q7? Come on Mini, build some proper minis!!
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