Here it is, all but undisguised. We've been clocking the 2014 Mini Cooper for months now, but engineers' well-placed camouflage has meant that our views have been very limited. Today, though, the disguises have been cast aside and the new Mini has been revealed in both standard and Cooper S form during a photo shoot, and there are some real surprises afoot.

For one, we had no idea that the Cooper would adopt the LED daytime running lamp corona headlamps from the much-loved 2011 Rocketman concept, but there they are, looking both unique and a little frightened. The front grille has been resculpted and and is now more rounded, integrating the bumper strike face in matte black. In fact, the entire nose looks a bit more rounded to our eyes, with all variants carrying a small but noticeable power bulge (shown here on the S model above the intake slot in the hood). The profile looks largely unchanged save for a slightly faster windshield, but the rear picks up a set of oversized taillamps that we'll likely have to see in person to get comfortable with. Our spy shooters tell us that the 2014 Cooper, codenamed F56, appears to be slightly larger in the metal than its predecessor, as expected, with much of that length coming in the form of a longer front overhang (perhaps to assist with pedestrian safety regulations).

Expected to ride atop the same UKL architecture shared with the upcoming BMW 1 Series GT and MPV, the entire line of Coopers may move to an all three-cylinder lineup, including BMW's 1.5-liter I3 that features a twin-scroll turbo, direct injection and variable valve timing, a combination good for anywhere between 120 to 200 horsepower. Eventually, higher-performance models could generate up to 300 horsepower out of this tiny engine. Our well-connected lensmen suggest that at least one four-cylinder engine might carry over to the launch of this new generation, but it may only be available for the first model year.


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      joe shmoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      it looks like it just got scared to death
      Feurig
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like it belongs on the set of Cars 3 as the timid car that runs away from everything.
      MJC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ugh. They should just dust off the molds from the R53 and build that car again. I had one for 6 years...it was beautiful and timeless and fun as heck, albeit shoddily built and unreliable.
      Buck
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't know if it's the angle of the photos but I am not overly thrilled. I had an '05 S and was thinking about getting this model next year. Maybe in person the proportions will seem better.
      lostjr123
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why does it have a hockey puck in its mouth?
      Derreck Robinson
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW quit trying to fix what isn't broken!
      jazzyrider
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a 2003 S mini, and love it, this car is so fun. The mini always make me smile. 2013 still going strong!
      imag
      • 2 Years Ago
      Euro pedestrian impact standards have now ruined the front end of another car. I predict an emergency facelift after a year or two.
      Hello, Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it but for the long front overhang. In the two profile pics it makes the car look oddly front heavy.
        futuramautoblog
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hello, Brian
        in reality, they don't look front heavy. They gave a good volume in plan view, they don't look that bad in person.
          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          @futuramautoblog
          so where did you see it already?!
      nearymackfarm
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had hoped to trade up to the 4-wheel drive model when it came out, but it had totally lost the traditional Mini Cooper look. The head-on view of the Mini with it's "round headlamps" was missing. The front end of this 2014 model has the same sad problem. Looks like I'll be hanging on to my 2009 : /
      Dano
      • 2 Years Ago
      Have always loved the exterior of the Cooper. Cant stand the dash though. Until they get rid of the center speedo and clunky switch gear, I'll pass.
        Michael
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dano
        The center speedo is gone in the 2014 model: http://s1.cdn.autoevolution.com/images/news/future-mini-ditches-the-center-speedo-57204-7.jpg
      daykwonjalepenio
      • 2 Years Ago
      it looks great! i never liked the minis of the past styling was just weird to me, tata nano wierd. and kudos go especially in the rear area i always hated how flat and unshapely the back of minis were. these new big oversized taillamps pertrude into the trunk which is a nice noted masculine difference from its predessesors
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