Mini Cooper spied on the road image

With a bigger by the day line-up, it’s easy to forget sometimes that mini (no typo) stands for just Mini, so it’s time we reminded ourselves about the model. Luckily, we have some spy shots for you.

Our spy photographers have managed to snap the best shots yet of the 2013 MINI Cooper. Caught undergoing road testing in Germany, yet more exterior-camouflage is gone and its absence allows a good view of the new model’s flat front and huge headlight units. The new MINI appears slightly longer and wider than the current model. Additionally, the car adopts a smaller grille, a longer hood and slimmer A-pillars.

While the exterior is instantly recognizable, big changes will occur inside the cabin. Earlier pictures revealed the next-generation Cooper would ditch the centre-mounted speedometer for a more traditional instrument cluster. Some new interior shots seem to confirm this, but also reveal that a similarly designed stereo control panel will replace the huge speedometer in today’s car.

Engine options remain a bit of a mystery, but we can expect a variety of fuel-efficient powertrains. Nothing is official, but we wouldn’t be surprised if entry-level models are equipped with the new three-cylinder TwinPower engines.