As we approach the November 18 debut of the new Mini Hardtop, the trickle of news is starting to increase. We've already shown you the exterior of the new hatchback, and now we can show you the interior. These images, captured by Car News China, show a cabin that maintains a few key Mini styling items, but is a fairly progressive evolution of the current R56 model.

Mini's most iconic interior treatment, its center-mounted speedometer, is now gone. The new speedo sits atop the steering column, flanked by a (too tiny, in our opinion) tachometer. In the speedometer's former position are the radio controls. Our friends in China put it best when they say, "The large dial is much uglier than before." There's a mass of buttons and unfriendly black plastic that, at first glance, look far cheaper than the rest of the cabin. Of course, we'll wait to see how this is all ironed out for the production-spec car.

The other parts of the interior, however, look quite good. There's a small bank of toggle buttons at the bottom of the center stack, and the checkerboard dash insert looks clean as well. The seats sport extensions for the bottom cushions, meaning there'll be the option of more support for drivers with longer legs. GTI fans might also notice the plaid bolsters on the seats. Mini's treatment is a bit more subtle than what you'd see on a Volkswagen, though.

While this provides our best look yet at the new Mini's cabin, there are a number of things we can't see in these images. The doors and the area around the shifter and parking brake are covered, meaning there may be a number of small styling details that we're waiting to see. We'll have more on the new Mini ahead of its debut on November 18.


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      Muttons
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems the rumor that it'd be a more conventional approach were wrong. Though the speedo is behind the steering wheel on this one. Wonder what the nav screen version will look like. Will it just be a bigger rectangle or will they do something with a circular screen that's not been done before?
      dluna71
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mini seems to be following parent company BMW in the cheapening of its interiors. If you look at the first generation of the new Cooper it looks to be of a much higher quality. They keep adding tech and lowering material quality.
        Hernan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dluna71
        I had a 2002 cooper S that was HORRIBLE quality on the interior - the paint on the interior grab handles rubbed off at contact points in the first year.
      yyz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well it certainly is different. I'll have to see in person to tell if that is a good or bad thing.
      Chopper9
      • 1 Year Ago
      It went from overly fussy to.... overly fussy. Sighhhhhhh..... If they would put a streamlined, no-nonsense interior in these things like the originals, I'd consider buying one. As they sit... they're too cutesy. Too much plastic... too much BS.
        benjamin_braddock
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chopper9
        Agreed. These BMW monsters couldn't get any worse if they tried. Just awful. I really do miss my 1980s Mini.
      Zoltan Bodor
      • 1 Year Ago
      Still looks like a damn clown car interior. When they put real traditional style gauges and get rid of the flava flav center console I'd actually consider the car. Shame because its a great driving car, I just couldnt get over how horrible the inside looks.
      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sport seat extensions for drivers with longer legs? In China?
      dss10
      • 1 Year Ago
      I actually like the big speedometer in the middle of the car..... I guess they acquiescing to all of the "I-cant-drive-a-manual-transmission-in-traffic-and-I-cant-drive-with-a-speedometer-not-right-in-front-of-my-eyes" crowd. In the future we will all be doomed to drive camery's if this keep up.....
      Adrian Elliot
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh good, they put the speedometer back where it belongs.
        rvan220
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Adrian Elliot
        That's not where it belongs on a MINI though.
      Ron McCord
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very excited to see the final mini as It is one of 5 cars I am considering at the moment
      Wyrmdog
      • 1 Year Ago
      So they didn't change a single thing that actually bothered me. All still there (particularly the glued-on looking gauge cluster...ugh). Okay so the seats look better. That's gotta count for something I suppose.
      LOLO
      • 1 Year Ago
      ok get angry ... i like it just like i like the outside from teh spy shots carry on
      Paul M
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is... unfortunate. And it's drifting further and further away from what the original Mini was all about (simplicity, especially, but also the rally-inspired center-mounted speedo).
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