Mini plans to sell electric and combustion versions of the next-generation Cooper Hardtop simultaneously for the next-generation model. This spy shot captures the development of a hot John Cooper Works model with ICE under the hood.
This car wears yellow-black camouflage and swirling panels to cover the body. At the front, there is a grille with a trapezoid shape and rounded edges. A sensor is in the middle. The concealment doesn’t let us see much of the lower fascia, except for the square entry holes at the corners.
The hood appears to have a more rounded style than the current model. The headlights are still round and have a circular cutout all around.
Profile-wise, the new Mini Cooper Hardtop doesn’t look significantly different compared to the existing model. The hatchback looks more angular than the slightly rounded shape it currently has.
As along the sides, the rear hasn’t changed much from the current Mini Cooper Hardtop. The taillights with a Union-Jack-inspired design are still present. On this development vehicle, you can see the cutout in the bumper for the exhaust center out.
The recently unveiled Mini Aceman concept might give us an idea of what the brand has planned for its future vehicle cabins. This model features a large circular touchscreen in the center of the dashboard and a toggle switch below it.
The ICE and EV Mini Cooper Hardtops will be driven on different platforms. The electric version will reportedly be lighter than the existing Mini SE and will be ridden with a longer wheelbase. The model is expected to be available with a 40-kilowatt-hour battery with a range of about 185 miles (297 kilometers) or 50 kWh providing about 250 miles (402 kilometers) between charges.
The combustion-powered variant is expected to use an evolution of the existing model’s FAAR platform. The engine is also said to be only going through a few changes.
We expect the combustion-powered Cooper Hardtop to debut before the end of the year and go on sale for the 2023 model year. The EV model will have an unveiling later. The John Cooper Works variant shown in these images will probably be one of the last versions to arrive.