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by Tim Beissmann

The all-new Mini Cooper has been uncovered months out from its unveiling in a series of revealing spy shots.

Captured by CarAdvice’s spy photographers during an official photo shoot, the images reveal the exterior styling of the upcoming third-generation Mini Cooper, which is set to make its international debut at September’s Frankfurt motor show.

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Featured in the images are two Mini Cooper S models finished in yellow and grey paint and an entry-level Cooper in red.

The 2014 Mini Cooper’s new front end takes inspiration from the Mini Rocketman concept of 2011, inheriting that car’s eye-grabbing LED daytime running light rings that encircle the headlamps and its prominent front bumper beam in the lower half of the radiator grille.

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The rear also gets a fresh look, with larger, more expressive tail-lights mirroring those of the Countryman and Paceman variants.

A bulge in the bonnet is common to the base and sports grades, while the Cooper S is easily distinguished by its bonnet intake, front sports bumper with unique intakes and fog lamps, double-spoke alloy wheels, rear diffuser, twin central exhaust outlets, and a seemingly optional roof spoiler that is fitted to the yellow car only.

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While partially visible in these images, the new Mini’s overhauled interior has already been uncovered in an early spy shot that confirmed the third-gen model is ditching the centre-speedo design for a more conventional instrument cluster layout.

The new Mini Cooper is based on the brand-new ‘UKL’ platform, which will also underpin a family of compact front-wheel-drive vehicles from parent company BMW.

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While some four-cylinder engines are expected to carry over into the new generation, a new turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine will be the star of the new range, with rumours suggesting it will be capable of producing anywhere from 90kW to 220kW of power.

Production of the all-new Mini Cooper is set to start at the end of this year, with the all-new model destined to reach Australia in 2014.

The conventional three-door hatch will launch initially before a whole family of variants is introduced, likely including new versions of the Cabrio, Clubman, Coupe and Roadster, and Countryman and Paceman, as well as a brand-new five-door hatchback.




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