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More on the next MINI from Autocar.

With engineering work well underway on the next-generation Mini, and the secrets of the car’s new engine revealed, we didn’t expect to get a tip-off about the new car’s looks. But these official sketches released by BMW’s Designworks studio seem to give more than a hint about the look of the next-generation Cooper S. Close examination of this rendering appears to confirm that it is a version of the Mini 2: note the hidden wipers, conventional bonnet, extended rear haunches and the new, one-piece grille opening.

With the supercharger’s bonnet air intake set to go, BMW needs a way to make the new hot Mini instantly recognisable. This aggressive bumper treatment and faired-in driving lights could be an ideal solution. (New pedestrian safety regulations are expected to outlaw separate driving lamps).

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Update: We’ve edited the sketch a bit to give the concept more realistic proportions and to better follow the most recent spy photos we’ve seen.

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Overall the article is a good read and while it may not be 100% accurate, it brings up some interesting points. Some of you may remember the sketch above from the Ultimate LA Machine renderings BMW released a few weeks ago. Some of you may also remember yours truly mentioning something about that particular sketch and how similar it looks to some of the R56 themes we’ve been hearing about. Is Autocar reading MotoringFile comments ๐Ÿ™‚ You can read more below:

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