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by David Zalstein

The all-new Mini Cooper Cabrio has been spied, giving us our first look at the third-generation drop-top version of the iconic British small car.

Based on the recently teased next-gen Mini Cooper set to be unveiled on November 22,CarAdvice’s spy photographers snapped the new Cabriofor the first time in sporty Cooper S specification while in transit in Germany.

The Cooper S Cabrio’s exterior shares similarities with the hatch spotted undisguised in October, including a bonnet intake, sports bumpers front and rear and twin central exhaust outlets, though, the drop-top pictured wears different alloy wheels and sacrifices the hatch’s new rear spoiler for its fabric roof.

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The interior will also follow the layout first spied in April, with the current model’s classic centre-mounted speedometer traded for a more conventional instrument cluster positioned behind the steering wheel. A range of driver assist technologies including auto braking and a head-up display will also feature.

Lightly camouflaged and strapped to a flatbed truck, the Cabrio will also mirror the fixed-roof model by riding on the brand-new BMW family ‘UKL’ front-wheel-drive architecture – also set to underpin the third-generation 1 Series hatch, X1 and upcoming 1 Series GT – and electrically adjustable dampers.

Revealed in September, Cooper S variants will be powered by a 141kW/280Nm (300Nm on overboost) turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder, with entry-level models motivated by a 100kW/220Nm (230Nm on overboost) turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder. Both units feature stop-start technology and are mated to newly developed six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.

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The new Mini Cooper Cabrio is anticipated to make its debut in 2015, following the hatch’s Australian launch in March/April 2014.

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