Over the course of the past few weeks we have presented spy shots of the next generation F56 MINI Cooper as they have become available. To this point, these images have been almost exclusively of the vehicle’s exterior. Recently, a user on Reddit posted the best pictures we have to date of the car’s new interior.
While there will presumably be a number of interior options, these shots still point to a few noticeable differences from previous models. The most drastic change comes in the form of the center speedometer. Long a trademark of MINI Cooper materials, the speedometer is now located behind the steering wheel in a more traditional position, directly in the driver’s line of sight.
The center space that was once occupied by the speedometer is now used to house the digital entertainment system. The system is also encased by a new bezel that will feature lighting that illuminates and swirls around when users start the car. Removing the center speedometer may raise some eyebrows among MINI faithful, but consumer reports have shown that the center unit has never been a popular feature. In addition, current BMW models do not feature a center speedometer, which would mean increased costs to add this feature to the new MINI lineup. It’s all about economies of scale.
Switches and knobs in the new model look largely similar. Take a glance at the pictures and see for yourself!
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