New MINI's design is an evolution of the current version
The fist official photos of the new MINI, show a slightly disguised car but it is a very clear indication of what the new version will look like.
BMW will officially unveil the MINI at the Paris Motor Show in September and unlike before other body derivatives such as a station wagon will also be available.
According to BMW they sold more than 800 000 units of the current version and the new model is completely new.
It features brand-new power units, an upgraded interior, and evolutionary body design.
The new MINI Cooper and the new MINI Cooper S come with two four-cylinder petrol engines each displacing 1.6 litres. Power output for the normal-aspirated Cooper is 88 kW at 6 000 r/min and peak torque is 160 Nm at 4 250 r/min.
The more powerful engine featured in the Cooper S is a turbocharged unit with direct petrol injection. Maximum torque of 240 Nm comes in at 1 600 r/min, while it thrusts out 128 kW at 5 500 r/min.
BMW says that the revised body design of the new MINI incorporates stricter safety standards while the car is also slightly bigger than before.
The next MINI will only arrive in SA in the first half of 2007