The New MINI 2014
June 28, 2013
The latest news for the MK3 MINI has been revealed and the car is due on sale in 2014.  The model is expected to be launched in November of this year at the Los Angeles Motor Show, ahead of it's official release date next year. Spy pictures of the new MK3 MINI Hatchback have been recently released on the internet and they were taken while the car was being tested in Germany, wrapped in a far more revealing camouflage than the trademark camouflage from BMW. 

The test mule has indicated that the design of the new MINi model will take inspiration from the Rocketman concept, which was unleashed at the 2011 Geneva motor Show. The new car has a much larger front grille as a result of this, along with bigger headlightsand a thicker chrome trim around the edges. The bonnet is more upright, which leads to a slightly more angled windscreen at the back, whilst the new MINi might also get the contrasting coloured section, between the shut line of the bonnet and the edge of the front door, which was introduced with the Rocketman. 

The sides of this model are a little more sculpted than they originally were, though the side cladding and plastic wheelarch remains, the rear windscreen slope is also slightly more angled.

The new MINI's glazed area appears to be slightly more narrow than it was before, though the roof appears to have more volume to ensure generous amounts of headroom.

The current car measures 1,683mm wide, 3,723mm long and 1,407mm high, though the new one will allegedly be growing in order to increase the space on the interior of the vehicle, particularly in the back.

The trademark central speedo is apparently going to be replaced with a new infotainment screen, though the design for this will echo that of the traditional speedometer.

When the car debuts later on this year, the MINI will be the first production vehicle to use the new UKL1 front wheel drive platform from BMW, it will also get the new modular 1.5 litre three cylinder petrol and diesel engines from BMW.

The car will be built at the Plant Oxford factory, though the company is looking to expand their sales Worldwide and will add production at the VDL Nedcar factory which is in Holland, from next year.

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