We’ve been getting closer and closer to all the details behind the body cladding of the 3rd generation MINI (the F56). Now we have some independent corroboration of a few key details. And the good news is that this information lines perfectly up with what we’ve heard through a couple well informed sources over the past 18 months. Let’s start with launch models and the highly anticipated engine outputs.

According to MF reader recursiveiterator there are currently three F56 models (not surprising) in the BMW VIN database.

– Cooper, B38 1.5L 100kW / 134 HP
– Cooper S, B48 2.0L 140kW / 187 HP
– Cooper D, B37 85kW / 114 HP

As reported the B38 and B37 will be a three cylinders and the B48 will be a four cylinder. We’ll have more on options and the engines soon.

The F56 will debut this summer on the MF and other sites with a public debut penciled in for Frankfurt in September. Production should start in October with the first EU deliveries happening in late fall. The US launch of the F56 will likely happen sometime in February 2014. The five door F55 will follow it 6-12 months later.