Fresh off the debut of the redesigned 2014 Mini Cooper hardtop, Mini will be rolling out a new four-door hatchback variant of the retro-inspired hatchback. Our spy photographer spied a lightly camouflaged version of the MINI Cooper five-door in sporty S trim, showing a pretty clear glimpse at what this four-door hatch will look like when it arrives sometime next year.
Taking off the front-end camouflage from earlier spied prototypes doesn’t reveal anything too surprising, though, as the Mini four-door hatchback looks nearly identical to the standard MINI Cooper Hardtop from the B-pillar forward. The only real change is the addition of two regular-sized rear doors, as the overall greenhouse and proportions remain remarkably similar to the two-door Mini. The wheelbase will presumably be stretched slightly for this four-door Mini to make for a more spacious rear seat, but the Cooper four-door will still be smaller overall than the upcoming Clubman variant (pictured next to the blue four-door) which will grow in size compared with the current Clubman. The Clubman prototype in these photos also displays a more upright rear hatch and taller greenhouse which will make for more cargo room.
To this end, we know at this point that the new Mini lineup will consist of the standard, two-door Cooper Hardtop; this four-door Cooper hardtop; a four-seat Cooper Convertible; and the stretched Clubman model which will feature four doors and the same split-opening French doors around back as the current Clubman. The existing two-door Coupe and Roadster models will not reappear, as 2014 will be the last model year for these smaller, sportier variants.
We expect all of these versions to be powered by the same two powertrain options as the Mini Cooper Hardtop, which include a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder making 134 hp and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in the S making 189 hp. Mini has not yet released details about the high-performance John Cooper Works model, but that version should arrive sometime next year producing more than 200 hp.
Stay tuned for more news about the Mini Cooper four-door, which should make its debut sometime later this year as a 2015 model.