Mini Cooper To Get Big Design Change

It’s hard not to love something very cute and tiny like the Mini Cooper, which for years has been the small car benchmark for automakers. Now, it seems that benchmark might be changing, as the historic company could switch up the Mini’s styling.

The designers at Mini have already stretched the design boundaries with their recent offers, but they just might go over the top with the next-generation Cooper, the company’s flagship model.

According to Autocar, BMW design guru Adrian van Hooydonk – a fantastic name – stated that the third-generation Mini Cooper would be a massive design leap over the current generation, which isn’t exactly basic by any stretch of the imagination.

The BMW designer said that the team would approach the drawing broad with a clean sheet of paper, although he did say the center-mounted speedometer would remain. Despite all this redesign talk, it would seem unlikely that Mini would completely overhaul one of their most iconic vehicles.

The first Cooper that was loved by many across the world remained the same for nearly 40 years before it was discontinued. While going 40 years without a design change would be suicidal in today’s market, the company needs to stick with the winning formula in order to succeed.

The new Mini Cooper will likely take some cues from previous versions and join up with the new Countryman and Clubman in local showrooms.

Autocar has also reported that Hooydonk was examining the interior of the new Hyundai Veloster, which might not mean a whole lot but it is something nonetheless.

[Autocar]

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