And with combustion power.
Mini recently unveiled the all-new Cooper EV, and we think it might be the best Mini since the Alec Issigonis original. If you don't agree with that assessment, you can always wait for the five-door, JCW, and convertible models, all of which have been confirmed.
Mini only introduced the two-door hatch as an electric model, but the good news is that ICE models are on the way. We've already seen spy shots of the gas-powered John Cooper Works model, but the CarBuzz paparazzi recently shot the first images of the promised drop-top.
Straight off the bat, we can see that Mini stuck with the same basic roof structure as the current Cooper Convertible. And why not? It works perfectly well, and because it's a fabric top, the Mini's rear-end doesn't have an oversized butt like so many convertibles with folding metal roofs.
We do hope Mini has done something about the tiny trunk. The outgoing model only has 5.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity, and with the roof down, that's even less. At least the new model still has rear seats, so you can always pile your junk in there.
As for the design, it will likely look the same from the front, but the rear taillight clusters appear to be different from the triangular look found on the EV. This could just be a clever use of camouflage, however.
Our photographers also managed to snap an image showcasing the same round intelligent infotainment system that debuted on the electric model, which leads us to believe it will be standard fitment in all new Minis going forward.
The best news of all is that this is obviously a gas-powered model. There's a single exhaust outlet in the middle of the car, which is rather unflattering. Still, this is a prototype, and Mini will likely revert back to the famous dual-outlet center exhaust system.
The grille on this particular model hasn't been blocked off, and it has gaping holes in the lower bumper, too. This means there's an engine in there that needs cooling.
We don't see BMW designing new ICE engines for the car, so the existing powertrains will be carried over. This means an entry-level model with a turbocharged triple, a Cooper S with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot, and an all-new JCW model that will probably borrow BMW's most potent turbocharged four-cylinder engine to date.