In over 12 years since the introduction of the new MINI there’s only been one model we could point to as undeniably attractive: the original R50 MINI Cooper. Soon we could have another. Pictured in its most revealing state yet the F56 is shaping up to be an evolution on the outside but one that rights many of the wrongs critics have had about the current generation.

The proportions are key to a MINI and we’re happy to say that overhangs clearly have been kept to a minimum considering the EU pedestrian impact legislation.

Then there’s the headlights and the crucial face. Again here it’s evolution but one that massages the familiar design language in all the right places.

The silhouette also just feels right. Upright and boxy yet slightly low-slung with a hint of aggression in its stance.

These latest photos (you can find them at GMotors and MotorAuthority) show a Cooper S, with what look to be 18″ JCW wheels, fill out those arches perfectly. Rumor has it that 18″ wheels and tires will be a factory option across some models.

The 2014 F56 will debut digitally in a couple of months with a public debut in Frankfurt in late September. UK and European sales will begin late this year with the US launch scheduled for early 2014.