• Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
The third generation of reborn Mini is nearly upon us. Just look at the trail of breadcrumbs the Anglo-Saxon automaker has been leaving us.

First we saw the upcoming new Mini Cooper, spied from above at a photo shoot, which Mini was quick to point out was not its best angle. Then BMW's retro-hatch division showcased the Mini Vision concept, and followed up just yesterday with details of the new engines and chassis that will underpin the latest model. And now we have the clearest batch of spy shots we've seen yet.

Not only were these shots taken from a better angle, but also show the new Mini in the more tempting Cooper S trim – complete with hood scoop, split-spoke alloys, roof spoiler and twin central exhaust tips.

While lower-spec models will take their motivation from a three-cylinder engine, this Cooper S (which will form the top spec until the JCW model arrives) will pack a 2.0-liter turbo four cranking it 189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Look for the new generation of Minis to launch in the Spring.


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      Robert Fitch
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a MINI enthusiast I have to say....they reaaaaally messed this one up. Sometimes I believe that performance makes up for looks but I don't know if that's the case here. The car just looks scared.
        godwhomismike
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Robert Fitch
        I can't even tell the difference between this one and the outgoing one. Maybe I need to be a MINI enthusiast. To the layman's eyes, it's hard to pick out the differences.
      jimathyrawlings
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is why spy shots should be banned... Look at that poor car, just scared to death!
      Britt Benston
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mini, your exhaust seems to be coming out the front. All the design foibles such a shame when the 2001-06 model just looked "right" at every angle.
        x19x19
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Britt Benston
        Absolutely correct. Both the front and rear are terrible. Love my 2006 but it will be my last Mini.
          TopGun
          • 1 Year Ago
          @x19x19
          Our family thinks the same thing X19 squared! Thus the problem with retro styling perhaps.
      Guio Oblepias
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks very surprised to see you.
      drew
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't take that front end.
      Anubis
      • 1 Year Ago
      The chrome cheapens the look considerably.
      Cookies
      • 1 Year Ago
      The poor thing looks terrified :(
      TopGun
      • 1 Year Ago
      Euro pedestrian safety standards strike again.
      Hal20xx
      • 1 Year Ago
      That front end just screams, "ERMAGHERD GERSBERMS!"
      carnut0913
      • 1 Year Ago
      Inside every 2014 mini is a 2002 mini saying "What the hell happened?"
      1STH
      • 1 Year Ago
      *face in palm* they put extra exhaust pipes on the front too!
      Robert
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too much going on!
        trzjax
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Robert
        Up front there's not a square inch of space that is not occupied by some detail, opening, or feature. Those headlights make it look permanently scared.
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