The internal combustion Mini is set to continue on for another few years, based on a heavily modified version of the current F56 model’s platform, and our spies have caught the hot hatch version testing in Germany.
Although the Mini John Cooper Works was given a mild refresh for the 2022 model year, this will be a much more meaningful update to the vehicle. The camouflage is still significant but would appear to be concealing a thoroughly reworked front end.
The front overhangs look slightly shortened, even though it’s hard to tell because of the camo. The surface it hides, however, looks considerably different and less complex than the existing front bumper. With fewer levels and clear vents, the brand may be looking to make the car’s front end simpler and cleaner – though that may make it less aggressive, too.
The headlights don’t look production-ready, so Mini may be planning changes there, too. Moving back slightly, the wing mirrors look bigger and appear to have integrated signals.
At the back, the taillights are very familiar, despite their controversial detailing. At the very bottom, behind a hitch, we can see a centrally mounted exhaust outlet. Unlike the model on sale today, there is only one exhaust tip, though that may change by the time the JCW makes it to market.
Big changes are also expected inside. As is the case with most modern cars, the new Mini should get a big touch screen, though we expect it to be round, as tradition dictates. Buttons are expected to be eschewed in favor of touch controls and our spies report that the shift knob on cars with the automatic transmission will move to the right under the big round screen.
Details remain scant but Mini has previously said that it won’t unveil the new JCW until 2023, suggesting it will be a model year 2024 vehicle. It will sit alongside the new Mini EV in the lineup.