This time from Autobilde. These images look to be heavily based on the information we first revealed at MotoringFile a few months ago. Based on the information we’ve seen and reported previously, these are the first 3rd party mock-ups that truly close to what the final design might be.
Update: AutoBilde’s corporate cousin, AutoExpress, has more information on these mock-ups in this week’s magazine. Here’s an excerpt:
MINI’s parent firm BMW knows when not to mess with a winning formula. The MINI has been a huge success since its launch in 2002, and the next model has the same classic details buyers have fallen for over the past three years.
Most of the new metal can be found at the front, which – contrary to early indications – will retain the ‘clamshell’ bonnet. This is to ensure the MINI complies with strict new pedestrian safety regulations, without compromising the distinctive shape of its front end. The more upright grille is in keeping with the original Austin Mini’s angular nose, while the fresh body panels also allow other MINI variants to be produced at a realistic cost. After the Clubman, it’s thought a minimalist Moke is planned, along with a sporty Speedster model.
Again, I’d like to point out that the majority of this detailed information was first published on MotoringFile this past March. You can read that original story (and lots more detailed on the new car) here: Next Generation MINI Revealed.