2023 Mini hatchback: what we know so far

All of the latest on the next-generation Mini hatchback, plus the other new Minis coming soon...

2023 Mini hatchback prototype front

On sale 2023 | Price from £20,500 (est)

While cars generally get larger with each generation, Mini is preparing to go back to its roots with a smaller model that will be sold alongside the replacement for today’s Mini hatchback.

This mini Mini is one of two new models that are planned, with the second a small SUV that will be positioned beneath the Mini Countryman; the next Countryman will grow in size to make room for the new model

Mini small SUV rendering

As for the successor to today’s three-door Mini hatchback, photos of prototypes caught testing show that it will retain the squat proportions and retro styling of the current car, but feature more upmarket looking front and rear lights.

A replacement for today’s five-door hatchback also seems likely, although Mini is still to confirm this.

What we do know is that the three-door will once again be offered with a choice of petrol or electric power, and it seems certain that the latter version will improve on the 145-mile range of the current Mini Electric.

In addition, the high performance John Cooper Works version will switch from a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine to electric power.

2023 Mini hatchback prototype rear

Petrol Mini hatchbacks will continue to be built in Oxford, but the electric models will be constructed in China as part of a collaboration with Great Wall Motors.

We haven’t seen any glimpses of the new hatchback’s interior yet, but Mini says the instruments panel “will have surfaces acting as “canvases that can be tailored by the customer to suit their requirements”, suggesting a highly configurable digital screen.

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