We’ve snapped the first clear pictures of the all-new MINI Cooper’s interior and it reveals that the firm will ditch the large centrally mounted speedometer that has been a trademark of MINIs until now.
The firm has been moving away from the large speedo even in the current car, with higher-spec models boasting a speedometer that traces around the outside of the central ring to make way for a colour entertainment screen in the middle.
The rest of the interior is characterised by chunky round switchgear and MINI’s ubiquitous toggle switches, which control the electric windows, locks and interior lights.
These pictures also show the new MINI's larger proportions, with a longer wheelbase and wider body for more cabin space and better handling.
The new MINI - which has been codenamed F56 - will share its underpinnings with BMW’s forthcoming front-wheel-drive models, which should bode well for reduced weight and increased rigidity, despite the increase in size.
There will be a new generation of engines under the bonnet, starting with BMW's new three-cylinder engines capable of up to 100mpg and emissions of 80g/km. Turbocharged and naturally-aspirated petrol and diesel units developed from the 1.6-litre engines in the current MINI will also be sold.
Expect the new MINI to go on sale in the middle of 2013.