The imminent arrival of the four-door, four-wheel drive Countryman may be the big MINI news at the moment, but the BMW-owned firm are keen to show they haven’t forgotten their bread and butter model.
These spy shots show a hatchback Cooper S sporting minimal camouflage and a slight facelift to keep it looking fresh.
At the front, the lower grille has shed its chrome surrounding, in favour of two chrome rimmed air-intakes. This design is mirrored at the rear of the car, incorporated within an all-new bumper. Completing the updates are re-freshed light clusters.
Meanwhile, inside many of metal-effect finishes in the current car will make way for more upmarket materials borrowed from the Countryman.
No major mechanical upgrades are expected but a few minor revisions will concentrate on cutting CO2 emissions and improving efficiency.
Expect the updated MINI range to go on sale in August this year.