The photographs, which look to have been taken at a non-public Chinese language testing facility, first appeared on Chinese language media however are actually circulating broadly on social media (as beneath).
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Various prototypes look like present process testing within the pictures, most in camouflage, however one has been proven with out its wrap, giving us our first uninhibited take a look at how Mini will reinvent its flagship mannequin for its fourth technology.
Nevertheless it’s clear that beneath the camouflage, extra radical design tweaks are on the playing cards, significantly on the rear, the place hanging angular mild clusters exchange the spherical objects on right now’s automotive and are linked by a brand new piece of black trim that spans the width of the bootlid.
The entrance, too, is clearly distinguished from the present Mini vary however retains the extensive bar throughout its giant grille and attribute round headlights.
What is not instantly clear is whether or not Mini has taken steps to ‘shrink’ the fourth-generation hatch, as has lengthy been reported to be the precedence.
These photographs solely present the outside from choose angles however, as with the sooner official pictures, the indication is that the following technology will function largely acquainted proportions.
The leak additionally offers clues to Mini’s new-era inside design ethos. True to type, the Mini hatchback options a big, spherical central show, though a head-up show seems to be to have taken the place of the traditional gauge cluster above the steering wheel, which adopts a brand new two-spoke design.
Whereas the combustion-engined model of the following Mini hatchback, due in 2023, can be in-built Oxford, the electrical model is ready to be made by BMW’s Chinese language three way partnership companion Nice Wall Motors.
The petrol variant will use the brand new front-driven FAAR structure, which is actually an evolution of the present automotive’s UKL platform. Mini has but to verify or preview plans for a five-door model, however a convertible can be constructed within the UK from 2025.