All it takes is a small spark to set off a fire. Just look at what has happened since BMW brought back the Mini in the early 2000s. What started with a hatchback has since spawned more bodystyles than we care to count and almost as many imitators. The second generation followed in 2007, and now Mini is preparing to launch the third.

The new Mini is scheduled to debut a week from now on November 18 at the Oxford plant in England, just days before the LA Auto Show and Tokyo Motor Show kick off and on the birthday of the original's designer Sir Alec Issigonis.

The third generation of the popular retro hatchback is expected to closely follow the lead set by the Mini Vision concept revealed a few months ago, but then we already knew that, having seen numerous undisguised photos of the new car in action. Still, the half-minute teaser video embedded below does a decent job of drumming up some enthusiasm, so if you're enamored of the Anglo-Saxon retromobile, head on down to check it out.


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      Jai
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks great!
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      i actually hate those new lights
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      The headlights are ridiculous, but I bet a simple cheap modification like vinyl brows can fix that.
      Gator
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you like service department coffee and air wrench's blasting, that is the car for you.
        npooty
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Gator
        This Mini will use all BMW engines and not a Chysler engine (1st gen) or Peugot engine (2nd gen). I would expect engine reliability to be really good. So your comment is not justified for thew 3rd gen.
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @npooty
          the peugeot engine was developed together with bmw
          Shiftright
          • 1 Year Ago
          @npooty
          Many of its reliability problems have had nothing to do with its engine though. Also, it's 'Peugeot', and the pug engine is quite a good one.
      Making11s
      • 1 Year Ago
      Every Mini model since BMW took over has looked and felt cheaper than the last. Based on spy photos and this teaser, this will be the cheapest looking and feeling Mini yet. Still, expect a higher base price across the board.
        Jai
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Making11s
        Modern minis only exist because BMW brought the brand back to life. The ones before might be classic but look and feel way cheaper than any modern Mini. But please, continue to hate.
      SteveM
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hate to say it, but at this point I find the remarks about the new Mini far more interesting than the actual car itself.