Five-door MINI hatchback

2 Nov, 2012 12:10pm Luke Madden

Our spy photographers have spotted the new five-door version of the MINI hatchback testing

These are the spy pictures that prove MINI is working on a stretched and slightly more practical five-door version of its MINI hatchback.

The new variant will join the next-generation MINI line-up, but it isn’t thought to be a replacement for the quirky Clubman. The five-door gets a slightly stretched wheelbase and some shorter front doors, allowing MINI to squeeze in a pair of small rear openings.

These shots reveal a slightly more bulbous rear end than the three-door, which should help to increase boot space slightly. The extended wheelbase will boost rear legroom, too.

Most next-generation MINI models will be powered by 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. The petrols are capable of producing between 122bhp and 224bhp, while the diesel will produce between 82bhp and 184bhp.

The three-door MINI is expected to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September next year. The five-door hatch is expected to be unveiled in early 2014.