Earlier this year, our spies managed to capture the refreshed 3-door Mini Cooper, both in hardtop and convertible guise, undergoing road tests while sporting minor revisions on their front and rear fascia. It comes to no surprise then that the 5-door variant has now received the same treatment undergoing similar changes and is also being tested on public roads.
At first glance, we can see that not much has been changed to the Cooper S 5-door. In front, only the upper part of the grill and headlights are covered in camouflage. Meanwhile, the rear of the Mini receives updated taillights while a portion of the rear bumper will also be revised.
Other cosmetic changes expected on the refreshed 5-door Cooper include new wheels as well as introducing new color options across all ranges. Inside, the Cooper is said to also be offered with new trim and leather option as well as the introduction of mood lighting similar to the new Clubman and Countryman.
The biggest revision to come to the upcoming Cooper S 5-door along with other models in the range would be its powertrain. Our spies indicate that a revised turbocharging system will be part of this drivetrain overhaul. For the three-cylinder engines, the exhaust manifold and turbo will now be housed inside the cylinder head rather than be separate.
Turbo casings on the three-cylinder Cooper models will now be made from aluminum while the four-cylinder engines will use steel casings. A better cooling system will also be introduced to reduce C02 output. Expect power figures to increase together with the engine updates. More so, upcoming Mini models could even use a dual-clutch transmission.