With the new-generation Mini Cooper Hardtop the boys and girls at Mini are finally creating the one body style everybody asked for and never got; a five-door hatch. We have spy shots of this new, more practical Mini undergoing some cold-weather testing. To get the extra doors on the Cooper, the car has been stretched slightly and the traditional flat rear gate now has a slope to it.
It is important to note that this is not a replacement for the Clubman . This is an entirely new model based on the standard Cooper Hardtop. The Clubman will be getting a true replacement in the coming year.
Powertrain options for the five-door should be identical to the standard three-door. The same goes for transmission choices. That means a pair of turbocharged gasoline engines, and customers across the pond will also get a diesel engine.
To find out the rest of the details on the new five-door Cooper, hit the jump.