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With the next-gen Mini Cooper hardtop set for its big debut next week at the LA Auto Show, we're getting a good look at what will be coming next for the BMW brand. Mini will follow up the introduction of the Mini Cooper with the new convertible model, but our spy shooters have proof that a plus-sized model (rumored to be called Traveller or Spacebox) is coming along quite well.

There still isn't much information about the Traveller (shown above), which will be longer and wider than the Countryman, but we can tell that it takes dimensional cues from both the Countryman and Clubman to maximize passenger and cargo space. The face of this new model will definitely be closer to the 2015 Cooper, and it will have a split rear door setup like the Clubman. Like the more recent Countryman and Paceman designs, though, the Traveller will have horizontally positioned taillights instead of the Cooper's vertical lights. We have no indication as to when we'll be seeing the Traveller in production form, but this prototype seems to be in the final stages of development.

As for the Cooper, we've already spied the hardtop completely uncovered, and just recently we spotted the sportier Cooper S Convertible being transported on a flatbed. The dual center-outlet exhaust is the key tell that model was the S, which likely means that the droptop spotted here the base model.


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      PatrickH
      • 1 Year Ago
      If they want to be secretive about stuff like this, how difficult is it to store the car under a tarp while transporting it on a flatbed truck? Really makes you wonder.
      ponycargt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Finally, a 4 door hatch... This should've been the first derivative of the Mini after it came out.
      waetherman
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe it's just the angle of that lead shot, but it kinda looks like a Mini Panamera. I'm not part of the camp that thinks that just because the car company is named Mini they should only produce two-door coupes. I say the more variety the better; what matters is whether they're good cars, not whether something is too large to be called a Mini.
      davegyza
      • 1 Year Ago
      Doesn't the clubman hatch block the center rear view? Corvette got rid of the split window. I know it might be a form over function, but it seems rather pointless on the Mini. Not that I'd pass on a Stingray mind you.
      emagdnim653
      • 1 Year Ago
      http://www.motoringfile.com/2013/11/15/our-first-look-at-the-the-six-door-f58-mini-spacebox/#more-31365 Looks like I might be right. This is potentially the new clubman according to the update at motoringfile. Guess its going 4 doors now since there will be a smaller 4 door cooper.
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      longer and wider than the countryman?! please make it stop!
      emagdnim653
      • 1 Year Ago
      Uggg seriously. Do I have to write articles for you guys. The top photo is clearly the next clubman. Its got club doors for crying out loud. The countryman will still be way bigger than this thing.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      A MINI in its natural habitat: on a flatbed.
      npier598
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks nice. The first true family vehicle from Mini. More usable space than the Countryman and it isn't trying to be an SUV. Hope they bring it to the US. If so, I'll put it on my shopping list alongside the new VW Sportwagen.
      Colin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mini eh? The clue is in the name. In other words, the name has lost all meaning.
      throwback
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bigger than the Countryman? Stop BMW please I'm begging you. You will have FWD BMWs that are the same size as FWD Mini's. Why?
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