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PostSubject: Next Generation MINI F56 Detailed   17th June 2011, 10:43



For the first time in a MINI and to give the impression of it being “all grown up” there is now creases on the body. Although the rendering is not exact to the forthcoming car. It shows some ideas that are evident on the scoop photographs.

AutoExpress have produced a rendering of the new car whilst I would agree with the front of the car with it’s more prominent nose and the inclusion of a nose cone taking away the typical MINI Clamshell bonnet in favour of a more compact clamshell hoodline.

One thing being debated is the inclusion of a scoop for the MINI Cooper S. Given in the R56 the scoop is virtually redundant, but considered a characteristic styling element of the Cooper S , some proposals equal to a hood bulge in the centre or BMW-M like bonnet vents.

The front lights are almost exact to the placement and shape of the car – They are further melted in the front wings for a more raked back , sportier appearance and helps idenitfiy the car’s MINI-ness. Illuminated rings around the main headlight unit is carried over from the MINI Rocketman Concept car.

MINI also gets creases for the first time which can be seen on scoop photographs especially around the a-pillar , front wing side repeater.

This rear however was one such possibility by reversing the MINI typical shape and lay it across the bootlid surrounded by a MINI badge like the Paceman. This decision has been reversed in favor of a more typical MINI appearance. The hatch for example is now wider and wraps around the C-Pillar .

The interior although using a BMW dashboard agains strikes the evolutionary balance with a typical MINI centre speedometer. Given the more sportier appearance of the overall look of MINI Gen 3. The interior especially the dasg gets a more raked back look instead of the classic upright look. The centre speedometer remains but becomes more function than form. The car’s communication technology gets the addition of a MINI trackball previewed on the Rocketman placed on the console and steering wheel.

MINI has always been about “make it your own” and whilst a high level of personalisation will continue. The next car will also allow a personalisation theme of using light. Something similiar in today’s MINI’s but will extend to key areas of the car such as around the speedometer and dash.

As Norbert Reithofer announced at the UK 500 Million Pound investment. The next MINI family will spawn up to 10 MINI’s.

The MINI City Car that will come from the looks of the Rocketman Concept whilst the genetics have to change to become production viable and cost effective for production. Will be a seperate MINI model.

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PostSubject: Re: Next Generation MINI F56 Detailed   17th June 2011, 10:58

The rear end looks like a cross betwen a new Astra and a Golf V !!!
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PostSubject: Re: Next Generation MINI F56 Detailed   17th June 2011, 11:00

Looks like the rear lights cut into the hatch as well?
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PostSubject: Re: Next Generation MINI F56 Detailed   17th June 2011, 11:11

I think that there will be a considerable amont of redesigning of the rear lights before it goes in to production.
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PostSubject: Re: Next Generation MINI F56 Detailed   17th June 2011, 11:11

I think that there will be a considerable amont of redesigning of the rear lights before it goes in to production.
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PostSubject: Re: Next Generation MINI F56 Detailed   17th June 2011, 12:52

There actually is not a single thing I like of that concept.
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PostSubject: Re: Next Generation MINI F56 Detailed   17th June 2011, 13:04

Oh deah I really hope its not like this!
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PostSubject: Re: Next Generation MINI F56 Detailed   17th June 2011, 16:21

Looks much like a 1 Series !
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PostSubject: Re: Next Generation MINI F56 Detailed   17th June 2011, 17:18

As it's an Auto Express image and article, I wouldn't believe a single thing.

(If by some miracle it does turn out to be accurate, I don't like it)
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PostSubject: Re: Next Generation MINI F56 Detailed   17th June 2011, 17:34

Yuck. affraid

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PostSubject: Re: Next Generation MINI F56 Detailed   17th June 2011, 18:05

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PostSubject: Re: Next Generation MINI F56 Detailed   17th June 2011, 19:15

LG wrote:
Looks much like a 1 Series !

I thought that as well!
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PostSubject: Re: Next Generation MINI F56 Detailed   17th June 2011, 20:06

The only thing I like is the idea of the ambient lighting colours carrying through to the clocks on the dash.
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PostSubject: Re: Next Generation MINI F56 Detailed   20th June 2011, 19:03

Over the past month we’ve heard from several sources that MINI will release a five door version of the F56 hatch. The five door will reportedly come about a year after the standard three door is release in late 2012. Much like the Clubman but with doors on both sides MINI intends this new feature to help owners make better use of the space and for easier access to the rear seats.

The five door will add some weight (at least 100 lbs with chassis strengthening etc) and price to the car but will allow the F56 to compete with larger cars in some markets.

Expect the F56 to be roughly the same size as the R53 and the R56 give or take a a centimeter here and there.

So what does this mean for the Clubman? As we’ve previously reported look for the next generation Clubman to continue to be base on the hatch but grow a sleeker profile and a little more length for further differentiation.

The F56 will debut next year at MINI United next summer and go on-sale a few months later in the fall of 2012. The five door should be available roughly a year later.
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PostSubject: Re: Next Generation MINI F56 Detailed   20th June 2011, 19:28

I do hope they don't go down the road of losing everything they've built up - they will head off in that direction if the final car looks like this imho.
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PostSubject: Re: Next Generation MINI F56 Detailed   20th June 2011, 21:48

So the F56 will be released in 2012.
The next question is when is a good time to change cars in order to keep depreciation to a minimum? Immediatly the new F56 is launched or wait till teathing problems are ironed out.
Will the new Clubman be 2012 or 3013?
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