Smile for the camera! Mini has been spied testing its next-generation three-door electric Hatch in the snow.

    It appears the British automaker is using its current-generation Mini Electric hatch as a benchmark for this smaller, next-generation model.

    Although this prototype is covered in a green-and-black wrap, has misleading tail light camouflage, and has a smiley-face cut-out for the lower air intake, we’ve already seen it completely undisguised.

    First appearing on Chinese social media, the undisguised images of the next-generation Mini Hatch show it’ll get a big makeover… relative to recent Mini updates.

    Up front, the new Mini Electric hatch has the brand’s signature round headlights. There’s also a new take on the familiar grille, which in Cooper S form has a black frame.

    Unlike the first three generations of the New Mini, the bonnet doesn’t have a clamshell design and no longer fully encapsulates the headlight units.

    Around the side it shows this new Mini Electric Hatch has shorter front and rear overhangs, a steeper rake for the windscreen, and lift-up door handles.

    The most radical change has taken place at the rear, where the Mini’s signature rectangular tail light cluster has been replaced by a new triangular design.

    Despite the change in shape, it looks as though the Mini will still be available with a Union Jack lighting signature.

    We’ve seen the interior of the next-generation Mini Electric hatch in the same bunch of leaked images.

    There’s a minimalist dashboard with a fabric cover and a leatherette strap on the passenger’s side.

    Ahead of the driver is a steering wheel with only two spokes, as well as a head-up display that replaces the digital instrument cluster.

    In the centre of the dash is a large free-standing circular infotainment screen with edge-to-edge glass.

    Underneath this screen is a small elliptical pod with a line of physical knobs and switches.

    Electric versions of the new-generation Mini Electric are being jointly developed by BMW and Great Wall Motor, and will be built in China for sale all around the world.

    Petrol versions of the fourth-generation Mini are expected to ride on BMW’s FAAR front- and all-wheel drive architecture, which is an evolution of the UKL platform used by today’s models.

    It’s unclear if the electric version of the Mini three-door will ride on the FAAR platform too, or something different.In November 2021, Mini confirmed the new three-door hatch will launch in time for the 2023 model year.

    It’ll be followed by a convertible, a larger Countryman crossover, and a smaller crossover to bridge the size gap.

    Mini has also previously confirmed a JCW version of the Electric hatch is in the works.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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