Spyshots: New MINI Cooper Reveals Its Headlights
The first generation launched in 2002 was 3.63 meters long. The one that came after it in 2006 grew even more. In 2007, it was 3,698mm, and the current 2011 model is 3,729mm. It’s also far less cute and more... German.
The third MINI hatch version which will be launched next year will be even more of a pig. Built on the UKL platform, it will measure up to about 4 meters, almost a family hatchback.
These latest spyshots of the next-gen MINI hatch show us a very important design element: the headlights and actually the taillights as well. The circular headlights have become much bigger, and the reason for this seems to be that the indicators underneath are now little bars instead of huge circles. The bulbs have also moved down a bit from what we can tell in order to make the nose of the car look a bit sportier.
It’s a decent effort from the designers, but there’s a slim-to-none chance we’ll be able to call this MINI “cute”.
❐ Check out the 2014 MINI Cooper S Spyshots photo gallery