Mini's next-generation Cooper has been seen for the first time.
Towards the end of March, we saw the last of the last-generation Mini Coopers finishing up some testing. After seeing the Mini Cooper John Cooper Works GP, we knew it was only a matter of time until Mini broke cover on their next-generation model, known internally as the "F56." The 2014 Mini Cooper prototype seen here was testing on the public roads of Europe and is wearing a full-body camouflage wrap.
Very few details are currently known about the new Cooper, however we do know that it will share a chassis with the next-generation BMW 1-Series and that it will carry a lineup of four-cylinder turbocharged plants. A three-cylinder option has also been touted by BMW as something new for the iconic British car. The heavily-camouflaged prototype seen here looks as if the Mini will grow slightly, adding a bit of width and length. We can also see that the grille looks to be a bit shorter and a little wider. The hood and front overhang appear to be longer than the current Cooper.
Whether these changes are the real deal or just fake body panels added by Mini to fool us, only time will tell. In addition to the increased size, the front and rear windshields also appear to be more raked than the current-generation Mini Cooper. Production of the new Mini Cooper should start the first quarter of 2013 with a convertible following in early 2014.