It’s clear from the latest spy pictures recently taken that the trademark large central speedo has been dropped from the next generation of Mini models. The images show that the new Mini Cooper model’s interior has almost the same appearance as the existing model’s, particularly its huge circular display for the centre console.
However, the large speedo that can be seen on the current car’s circumference is not seen in this development model. Even if the large speedo is immediately recognizable, it has received criticism for being difficult to read. In fact, current Minis already have a second digital speedo on the instrument binnacle.
These images also demonstrate how Mini has adopted a BMW iDrive-style controller for the new Minis that would control the infotainment system instead of the knob and buttons used by the current car.
There has been a shift in the stop-start button. Upon closer inspection, it was determined that the switch below the gearstick offers the option to choose either ‘Green’ or ‘Sport’ mode. The new Mini three-door is expected to be unveiled before the end of 2012 but it will be offered for sale only in early 2013. For the first time, the standard hatchback range will be offered with a new five-door version.