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A Reddit user has posted images of the 2015 F56 Mini Cooper, one each of the exterior and interior. As has been the case since the launch of the new Mini in 2001, the overall exterior shape underneath camouflage screams Mini, but insiders are still calling the coming F56 model "the most aggressively different new Mini yet." Inside, though, the two-door that defined premium hatchbacks has, according to its most devoted buyers, gone mainstream.

The giant ring atop the center console is there, but there's no longer a speedometer inside of it. Instead, in an integration that brings to mind words like "shoehorned," Mini designers have placed radio and telephone controls inside the bezel. According to the Mini experts at MotoringFile, the picture above is the base trim and one of four possible treatments – in the upper trims a larger screen for navigation takes up most of the space. The bezel itself is marked with mood lighting that supposedly "swirls around" when you start the car with the red toggle switch.

The speedo rests atop the steering column with a tachometer placed to its left. The BMW wheel pictured is just for the prototype – you can expect a familiar three-spoke Mini wheel when the car is revealed, and latest rumor is that the event will take place at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show.


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      Andy
      • 1 Year Ago
      the material quality on this spyshot looks extremely cheap. however it's stupid to judge a car based on a spyshot.
        dohc73
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andy
        Yeah, I know, it does look like it the quality has suffered. No more true soft-touch foam covered full door panels I suspect. Looks like more matte-finished hard plastic and cheap/heavy dense rubber posing as "high quality". Over it. Moving on from MINI now. Time to grow up.
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      what a mess.and isn't this a bmw steering wheel?
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Geez it looks a little BMW grim in there for a "happy" car.
      foxtrot685
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have to admit, I looked at getting a Countryman S and if I were to order one, it would have had to have the MINI CONNECTED system, the LCD screen looked better there than the huge speedo.
      Lewis
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tradition, or no, it was long past time for the Mini's dashboard to be redone. Unfortunately, I am not so sure what they think they have achieved with this lackluster effort.
      Rochester
      • 1 Year Ago
      I used to think the Mini dashboard was creative and fun. And it was, for a number of years. But now it just looks ridiculous. It's a complete mess.
      Timothy Neal Templet
      No matter what it might look like, it's junk. Don't buy it, you will be sorry beyond belief.
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Timothy Neal Templet
        most pathetic comment today here on AB...until now
      who_the
      • 1 Year Ago
      Horrid. Looks like somebody ditched the speedo for a cheap car stereo from the local chop shop. Even worse than the center speedo are the vents. And the center stack. Ugh. Looks like a Kia. Or even worse, a Geely.
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good! About time...I don't care if it's a Mini or a Saturn Ion, but idea of central speedometer is opposite of smart.
        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RGT881
        The center gauges are some of the things I hated most about the Scion xA. Some automakers just want to have something different I suppose.
          Scr
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Greg
          They did it not to be different, but cheap. It is a lot less expensive to keep all the crap where it is and just turn it the guages the other way to make right hand and left hand drive cars out of the same interior.
      GN
      • 1 Year Ago
      Still cartoonish. Hideous.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good. I never liked it, anyway.
        untitledfolder
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Winnie Jenkems
        And you probably weren't/didn't buy one, so I doubt BMW/MINI cares about Winnie Jenkems' opinion.
      miketim1
      • 1 Year Ago
      LOL at the BMW steering wheel ..
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