Another week, another new rumored partner for MINI platform sharing. This week it’s Toyota and the next generation iQ. For those that don’t know, the Toyota iQ is a somewhat revolutionary city car that (through intelligent packaging and engineering) delivers more interior space than a Smart car while being relatively the same size.

First reported on by Insideline and then Autocar the talks are in the earliest stages. However the idea is that MINI could share the platform and some interior components to help develop a new range of MINIs smaller than the current R56 two door hatch.