Smaller MINI hatchback due in 2023: specs and latest details

The next-generation MINI hatch will be available with petrol or electric power; our exclusive image previews upcoming styling changes as car shrinks in size

2023 MINI hatchback
  • MINI hatchback to become more compact
  • Choice of petrol or electric powertrains
  • Revised model range to include an all-electric crossover and an MPV

The next MINI hatchback will be smaller than the model it replaces when it arrives in 2023. Based on recent official images of a camouflaged pre-production car, our exclusive image suggests how the car might look when it hits the road.

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Once again, the MINI is set to feature oversized headlights in a bid to make it look smaller. It’s hard to say how much smaller it’ll be but sufficient space inside for four adults will remain. It looks like the windscreen is set at a shallower angle than the current model but otherwise the styling changes are likely to be fairly minimal.

The new model is scheduled to replace the current car in 2023, so we should see prototypes undergoing testing for the next year or so. As with the existing MINI hatch, the new car will be available with petrol and electric power, and the latter will compete with the electric Fiat 500 and the Honda e, plus cars like the Renault ZOE and ORA Cat.

The next MINI hatch won’t be available as a five-door car; if you want a MINI with five doors, you’ll have to go for one of the larger models in the range.

The 2023 MINI hatchback is due to be the most efficient yet thanks to the latest petrol and electric powertrains. Tweaks to the car's body, including curved bumpers and redesigned wing mirrors, have improved its aerodynamics too. It could well be the last time the MINI hatch is offered with an internal combustion engine, with the brand set to go completely electric by 2030.

The interior, which has not yet been revealed, is set to be suitably futuristic, with a huge screen sweeping across the majority of the dashboard containing all the necessary dials and infotainment systems. MINI has also promised all-electric John Cooper Works performance variants.

The new MINI lineup

By 2030, all models in the MINI lineup will be fully electrified. The BMW-owned brand has already announced plans for a whole new generation of sustainable, electric vehicles.

Say goodbye to the MINI Clubman with its distinct dual rear doors, as our fascination with SUVs has brought MINI to eventually replace this model with a compact crossover similar to the Nissan Juke or Ford Puma.

The MINI Countryman is due to grow in size to compete with rivals such as the BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA. The plug-in hybrid powertrain will also be axed in favour of a choice between purely petrol or electric powertrains.

Finally, MINI has announced something of a wildcard to be entering the range: an MPV made to sit alongside the next-generation Countryman. Based on the quirky MINI Urbanaut concept car, this new model is said to channel the “original mindset of the brand” by being the “most efficient MINI in terms of physical footprint and interior room”. This is likely to be the size of a family hatchback, such as the Mazda3, and is expected to be on sale by the end of the decade.

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