New generation Mini Hardtop shown in the first official photos

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Undermining the work of spy photographers around the world, Mini gave us our first official look at the next generation Hard top posting a series of photos showing the sedan in full camouflage. While the finer details of the design remain hidden, the shots are revealing enough to provide a very decent idea of ​​what to expect – and what not to expect – from the fourth generation of this British icon.

What is immediately clear is that the next hardtop looks like a mini; or, at least, how the German reinvention of the Mini. The designers did not significantly change the proportions of the sedan and continued to define stylistic cues such as round headlights, an almost flat roof panel and vertical taillights. An interesting detail is that the headlights are no longer integrated into the hood; the Mini apparently loses its clamshell hood in favor of a more conventional unit that stops at the same level as the A-pillars. Mini also fitted the door handles flush with the body. We imagine more details will pop up when the camouflage is removed, but we mostly expect evolutionary changes.

“What you will see in 2023 is that we have clearly modernized it by taking a big step – the biggest step in the last 20 years – but it will unmistakably be a Mini”, She said The mini boss Bernd Körber in December 2020. He added that the project’s motto was “don’t mess with an icon”.

Mini hopes to become an all-electric brand by the early 1930s, but we’re not there yet. While the camouflage-draped hardtop runs batteries, petrol models will continue to be part of the range in many markets around the world. It’s too early to give technical details, but it’s reasonable to assume that both EV models and petrol models will benefit from the drivetrain improvements. Front-wheel drive will continue to be standard, as always. Will stick shift survive? Fingers crossed.

More information on the next generation Mini Hardtop will be released in the coming months and the model is expected to make its debut in 2023. It is one of many new models that the BMW-owned brand has in the pipeline. The new generation Countryman expected to go into production also in 2023, a high-performance electric model branded John Cooper Works is is coming, and Mini has committed to release a crossover It is described as “small” (which is very relative, even for mini) which will be offered exclusively with an electric powertrain.

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