Next-generation MINI will ditch the large central speedo

Article by Christian A., on July 11, 2012

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.

The latest MINI is able to realize the predecessor’s goal of leading the prime compact car segment, supporting its current position with important enhancements in all areas concerning driving excitement, individual presence and quality. The innovative elegance of its style means that there is a better profile for the new variant, mirrored in an enhancement of features like safety, space, materials, fittings, and finish quality and also driving comfort and sporty feel.

The new model from MINI has been upgraded by the BMW Group, which boasts a high level of manufacturing expertise. This model was given a more extensive shape compared to all its predecessors. Its new engine lineup enhances driving efficiency and fun. It also comes fitted with a broader selection of modern driver assistance features and MINI Connected infotainment facilities.

LED headlights, the MINI Head-Up Display, the MINI Connected XL Journey Mate with Real Time Traffic Information and Emergency Call are other features in the equipment program that had only been offered in higher vehicle classes before. Three newly improved power units showcasing MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology were offered as options during the debut of the new MINI in the spring of 2014.

The latest MINI Cooper has a 3-cylinder gasoline engine with a max output of 100 kW/136 bhp. The 4-cylinder gasoline engine of the MINI Cooper uses 141 kW/192 bhp. The latest MINI Cooper D is run by an 85 kW/116 bhp 3-cylinder diesel engine.

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