Here’s the best visual indication so far that the next generation MINI will be dropping its centre-mounted speedometer in favour of a more conventional item. These new images, which have originated in China reveal a few more secrets of the upcoming car. The new MINI, which will be launched in November, is vitally important for the future of its maker, as its new UKL platform has the potential to underpin one million cars per year, including larger MINIs and BMW 1 Series models.
The new MINI’s general interior architecture looks reasonably similar to the outgoing R56, but as well as losing the centre speedometer, it also gains more conventional (and hopefully higher quality) heating controls and ventilation outlets. In this low-spec model, the centre circular pod is barely filled by its stereo, but we can assume that the high-line sat-nav models will will be far more visually appealing.
The new speedometer with overlapping rev-counter remind us of the early R50 models fitted with twin-pod dials. But it will be interesting to see how existing MINI fans will react to the loss of their centre dial. Owner research by MINI found that most drivers were more than happy using the digital speed display in the revcounter pod on the steering wheel, with a small number admitting they never use the large analogue speedo…