The new generation of MINI hardtops was born with dramatic and radical changes. Autoblog's findings, however, suggest that front-end updates are actually predictable. But on the back and the interior of the car the changes are so big.
The grille of the car body is quite large consisting of a large contrast frame with several small openings at the top and bottom. Overall the new MINI looks a bit smaller compared to the current model. The frame is also thinner.
The headlights are still round as usual, but appear a little bigger. The generation MINI features tiny stripes on the top and bottom that almost look like cute eyelids.
According to Autoblog, the MINI hardtop's hood no longer has a hole for the headlights. The cut line is also higher.
The profile is still typical of a MINI, but the only real change is the replacement of the car's pull handle with a flat-fitting unit.
At the back of the MINI there are major changes. The candy-shaped taillights like in the past are gone due to a trapezoidal unit in the corner. The MINI manufacturer features a black-coated finish and blends in with the black trim pieces that stretch across the hatch.
The rear fender looks wider than before which gives the new MINI a lower and wider appearance. The latest generation MINI special prototype has an S badge that looks like a yellow-green color.
The interior of the upcoming MINI still adheres to some classic design details but is styled with modern technology and a minimalist theme.
The dashboard is dominated by a large, thin circular screen, which evokes the rounded look of the past, including the classic MINI gauge cluster and the more modern ones.
There's no cluster for the gauges in front of the driver, so the center screen will likely show driving information alongside other infotainment functions.
MINI hardtop drivers at least get a heads-up view. There's a large touchscreen with a set of physical controls underneath that looks bold and MINI-style.
The next-generation MINI hardtop will be revealed sometime next year as the 2023 model, with internal combustion engines and an electric car variant.