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2020 Mini Cooper EV

2020 Mini Cooper EV

Will it be a breakthrough car for Mini, or just another BMW i3 reincarnate?

Mini has officially entered the EV fray, and we have finally uncovered the proof. To be honest, Mini Cooper is one of the very few cars from the current combustion-engined crop that could slip into an EV avatar without any cosmetic changes. We have seen automakers going bonkers with the so-called ’futuristic’ designs with slim headlights, sharp cut lines, etc. But in contrast, the Mini Cooper gels well with those electric cars with its retro, rounded looks, and Mini seems to understand that. The 2020 Mini Cooper SE has been spotted sans camo doing some all-electric testing. This electric Mini is based on the Cooper S and looks largely similar to it albeit with a few minor changes. Will the retro-looking Mini Cooper SE make a name for itself in arguably the most competitive segment in the right now?

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2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP

2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP

The fastest Mini ever is just around the corner with maxi performance

Mini is a company that should be taken seriously when it sets about building a performance car. That’s why we stood up and listened when, late last year, we heard that the Mini Cooper JCW GP was coming back in 2020 after what will be a seven-year hiatus. Now, we’re seeing the first spy shots and, as you’d expect, it’s the Cooper JCW dialed up to 11 with some cues ported straight from the devilishly cool 2017 Cooper Works GP Concept. We want it now, together with its +300 horsepower!

Traditionally, the GP version of the Cooper Works is the ultimate performance model. In the past, John Cooper Works, which is long for JCW, built two GP models based on the previous two generations of the Mini. Of the last GP, which bowed out in 2014, only 2,000 examples exist, and just 500 were sold in the U.S., so expect the new model to also be a rare bird. Talking about birds, the GP will once again mark the swansong of the third-generation Mini Hatch with a new one coming soon.

Update 04/08/2019: We’ve managed to catch the 2020 Mini John Cooper Works GP doing some last minute spring testing prior to its debut. Check out our latest spy shots and what we know in the spy shots section below.

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Mini Cooper S Convertible Driving Open Top: Spy Shots

Mini Cooper S Convertible Driving Open Top: Spy Shots

Even before the third-generation Mini Cooper Hardtop was unveiled in late 2013, spy photographers had already captured pictures of the drop-top variant wearing light camouflage. Now, with the 2016 Mini Cooper Convertible getting closer to its unspecified on-sale date, our photographers have once again caught up with the cute convertible only this time Mini’s engineers are testing the car with the soft top fully retracted.

It’s no surprise that the styling of the new Cooper Convertible won’t differ too much from the two-door Cooper it is based on, but there is one key area where the 2016 Cooper Convertible will vary from the current convertible. From what there is to see in these images, the more rounded tailgate and added rear overhang should help improve the Convertible’s cargo capacity. One of the images even shows the current convertible right alongside the 2016 model, giving a better comparison of the two cars’ rumps.

Speaking of the rear end, this car is definitely the Cooper S Convertible as evident from the center-mounted exhaust outlets. This means that the 189-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder will add even more fun to the top-down driving experience.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Mini Cooper Convertible.

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Mini JCW Convertible Shows Some Skin: Spy Shots

Mini JCW Convertible Shows Some Skin: Spy Shots

When Mini introduced the new John Cooper Works Hardtop model at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show we had no idea the BMW-owned brand was also working on a convertible model. That became apparent about a month later when a camouflaged Mini Convertible wearing a front bumper identical to the JCW Hardtop was spotted by our trusty paparazzi. And while Mini still hasn’t confirmed there’s a JCW drop-top underway, a second test car sporting the aggressive fascia we’ve seen on the hatchback back in January hit the streets for more real-world action. This time around, the prototype is painted red and, more importantly, most of the camouflage is gone.

With no black-and-yellow tape covering the front bumper, I’m now 100-percent positive this is indeed the soft-top version of the nippy JCW Hardtop. Yes, there are important details missing, such as the racing stripes on the engine hood, the JCW badge on the grille and the unique, two-tone wheels, but these features will likely appear as the vehicle moves closer to production.

As a brief reminder, all these JCW-specific goodies will come alongside a new 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine rated at 228 turbocharged horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. That’s a 20-horse and 29-pound-feet increase over the previous model, making the new JCW the most powerful production Mini ever, as of 2015. Expect those numbers to translate into six-second 0-to-60 sprints and top speeds in excess of 150 mph.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mini JCW Convertible.

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Spy Shots: Mini Clubman Caught During its First Nürburgring Run

Spy Shots: Mini Clubman Caught During its First Nürburgring Run

Previewed by a concept car that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show last month, the next-generation Mini Clubman will break cover sometime next year, after the company’s engineers and test drivers are finished putting it through its paces. It was January when our skilled spy photographers previously caught the Clubman out in the open. The prototype was being tested in blistery Sweden, with very little to offer as far as its styling goes, due to its heavy camouflage.

More than two months have passed, and our lensmen met with the Clubman once again, this time in a less icy environment. Actually, they’ve encountered it in a place that’s not exactly suited for a fancy grocery-getter — the Nurburgring. Yes, I know, each and every manufacturer needs to hoon their vehicles on the "Green Hell" for approval, but it’s overrated if you ask me.

Anyway, this specific Clubman is slightly different than the one spotted in Sweden earlier this year. Firstly, the front bumper intakes and the wheels are different. Secondly, a quick peak around the back reveals a twin exhaust. These details suggest we might be looking at a Clubman S version, which would make more sense considering the location it was spotted in.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Clubman.

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2014 Mini Cooper

2014 Mini Cooper

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Spy Shots: 2015 Mini Clubman Testing in the Cold of Sweden

Spy Shots: 2015 Mini Clubman Testing in the Cold of Sweden

We’ve already seen the official details on first versions of the new-generation Mini Cooper, but others are still out there testing. One of the models still in the testing phase, the Clubman version, was caught testing is the crisp air of Sweden.

Even though the prototype wears lots of camouflage, it’s pretty clear that the next Clubman will grow in size — just like the standard Cooper — and will have regular-size rear doors. What Mini didn’t change was the two-door setup for the cargo area, which is one of the many features that makes the Clubman so unique.

The 2015 Clubman will come with the same engine lineup as the base Cooper, which includes a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine for the base version and a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine for the S version. In Europe, customers will also get a series of diesel engines to choose from.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mini Clubman.

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Spy Shots: 2014 Mini Cooper S Drops Some Camo

Spy Shots: 2014 Mini Cooper S Drops Some Camo

A few days ago, we brought you some spy shots showing thenext-generation Mini Cooper wearing less camouflage than ever. Today, we get a good look at the Cooper S version to start stripping.

Our spy photographers caught the Cooper S testing on the public roads in Germany, and just like with the standard Cooper, it has started showing the front bumper, redesigned headlights, and the new taillight graphics.

The next Mini Cooper will be built on BMW’s new UKL platform that will also be shared with the next-generation BMW 1 Series and will be offered in both front-wheel and all-wheel-drive versions. For the first time, Mini will offer a new family of three-cylinder engines, along with the usual four-cylinder ones.

The new-generation Mini Cooper will make its world debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. For the first time, the Cooper will be offered in ten different body versions.

Click past the jump to read more about the next Mini Cooper.

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Spy shots: 2014 Mini Cooper Starting To Lose its Camo

Spy shots: 2014 Mini Cooper Starting To Lose its Camo

Its been a while since our spy photographers last caught the next generation Mini Cooper out for some testing session. But it looks like all the waiting will be worth it in the end. Today, the next Cooper was spotted testing again, and as you can see from the spy shots its starting to lose some of its camouflage and showing even more of its skin, including the front bumper, the redesigned headlights, and the new taillight graphics.

The new Mini Cooper will be built on BMW’s new UKL platform and, for the first time, will be offered with a choice of three-cylinder engines, next to the conventional four-cylinder lineup.

Rumors suggest that the new generation Cooper will be offered in ten different body versions, with the base version to be revealed in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mini Cooper.

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Spy Shots: 2014 Mini Cooper Reveals its Lights

Spy Shots: 2014 Mini Cooper Reveals its Lights

It’s been a while since we brought you any new details on the next-generation next-generation Mini Cooper, but we believe it’s well worth the wait. Today, however, we finally have some new info for you Mini lovers out there, as our spy photographers have caught the car testing once again. This time around, we got a good look at the car’s real headlights and taillights.

Unfortunately, the daytime running lights where off, but if you take a close look, you will notice a ring around the headlamps with an integrated turn signal. On the back end, you’ll notice that the taillights have grown slightly and, for the first time ever, we get a pretty clear view of the taillight graphics.

The next-gen Mini Cooper will be built on BMW’s new UKL platform and will offer a new three-cylinder engine – possibly several three-cylinder engines – along with the conventional four-cylinder lineup.

The new-generation Mini Cooper will be launched sometime in 2013 and, as previously reported, there will be 10 different body versions offered.

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Spy shots: Mini Cooper 5-Door

Spy shots: Mini Cooper 5-Door

The Mini Cooper arrived on the market for the first time back in 1961 and since then the model has only been offered in a three-door configuration. That trend is going to change when the next-generation Mini Cooper arrives on the market at the end of 2013, asMini has promised a five-door version Cooper to take on models likeAudi A1 Sportback. The upcoming five-door version will be joined by a five-door Convertible and a Clubman version.

The future five-door Cooper will be built on the same UKL1 platform as the three-door Cooper version, but with an extended wheelbase to offer the rear seat passengers more interior room.

Engines and gearboxes will also be shared with the three-door version, meaning customers will get a new three-cylinder engine family next to the conventional four-cylinder engines.

Expect to see the new Mini Cooper five-door launched by the end of 2013.

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2014 Mini MPV Traveller

2014 Mini MPV Traveller

Mini is getting serious about expanding its line-up with the addition of a series of new models. Some of them have already been unveiled - like the new Coupe and Roadster - but others only exist due to rumors, at least until now. For the first time, the possible 5 seater van/mpv based on the Countryman platform has been captured by our spy photographers testing in mule form.

As you can see from these spy shots, the front fenders are a lot wider when compared to a standard Countryman and this is due to a slightly wider chassis that will offer more room in the Traveller. The wheelbase is also slightly longer due to the fact that the front wheels have been moved forward.

The new model will be built in order to offer Mini clients a more practical car featuring the typical Mini genes. As expected, the overall look of the Traveller will be very much Mini. The dimensions are compact and the front overhang has been kept short.

Mini’s new van/mpv will be previewed under the Spacebox name and the production car could be named the Traveller when it hits the market in 2014.

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Spy Shots: Mini Countryman Coupe does its own testing at Nurburgring

Spy Shots: Mini Countryman Coupe does its own testing at Nurburgring

Last month, the Mini Countryman Coupe - or the production version of the Paceman Concept unveiled at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show - was spotted for the first time doing some of its testing. Now the Coupe is back for another round of testing at the Nurburgring race track, this time featuring the future Countryman Coupe in a completely new color.

Minus the two doors giving it a more sporty appeal, the upcoming Countryman Coupe will be similar to its four-door version. We expect to see the same technology and engines as the standard Countryman, which means it will get a 122 HP 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine for the standard model and a turbocharged variant with 184 HP for the S version.

Expect to see the new Mini Countryman Coupe launched at the 2012 Paris Auto Show with sales on the US market to begin as a 2014 model.

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Spy Shots: Another round of testing for the 2013 Mini Cooper

Spy Shots: Another round of testing for the 2013 Mini Cooper

It’s been about a week since we last offered up spy shots of the next generation Mini Cooper testing on public roads, but today we have another set of images, this time with the future Cooper testing at the famous Nurburgring track.

As reported on other occasions, the next Mini Cooper will be built on the same platform as the next generation BMW 1-Series and will be offered in both FWD and AWD versions. It will also grow slightly in its dimensions and will adopt a more modern design, but will still be immediately recognized as a Mini.

Under the hood, there will be the usual four-cylinder turbocharged engines, but BMW is also developing a new three-cylinder unit to drop in the Coop.

Mini has promised that the 2013 Cooper will be offered in up to ten body versions, including a van. We’ll see how that pans out when the new Cooper is launched sometime in 2013.

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Spy Shots: 2013 Mini Cooper now testing on public roads

Spy Shots: 2013 Mini Cooper now testing on public roads

The next generation Mini Cooper was caught testing for the first time at the end of 2011, and now our spy photographers have captured it yet again, this time cruising on public roads in Europe.

Codenamed "F56," the third generation Mini Cooper will share a chassis with the next-generation BMW 1-Series and will be offered in both FWD and AWD versions. Aside from the usual four-cylinder, turbocharged engines, BMW will also be adding a three-cylinder option.

These recent spy shots reveal that the new Cooper will grow slightly, adding a bit of width and length. The front grille, however, will be a bit shorter, while the hood and the front overhang appear to be longer than the current model. The front and rear windshields also appear to be more raked than the current Mini.

The new Mini Cooper will be unveiled in the first quarter of 2013, with the convertible following one year later.

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Spy Shots: 2014 Mini Countryman Coupe caught testing for the first time

Spy Shots: 2014 Mini Countryman Coupe caught testing for the first time

Mini has a knack for developing vehicles that are as appealing to the market as donuts are to our boys in blue. This is evident in the fact that all of their models have been well-received by all, production as well as concept versions. Now, the company is adding another ace in the hole with a production version of the Paceman Concept unveiled at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. The model will be sold as a coupe version of the Countryman and has just been caught testing for the first time. The new Countryman Coupe will be making its world debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show and will be sold on the US market as a 2014 model.

The Countryman Coupe will feature the same technologies and engines as the standard Countryman, which means it will get a 122 HP 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine for the standard model and a turbocharged variant with 184 HP for the S version. Customers will be able to choose between both a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission. We just hope that Mini will also bring out a JCW Countryman Coupe.

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