Third-generation Mini Cooper coming to L.A. and Tokyo auto shows

When BMW reintroduced the Mini Cooper in 2001, the pint-sized hatchback was met with undying fanfare and has proven to be incredibly popular, even to this date. Now, due for a replacement, the newest Mini Cooper will be revealed next week.

Based on the teaser below, the Mini Cooper will be as distinctive, iconic and retro as it always was. The next-gen Cooper will follow in the footsteps of the Mini Vision concept from a few months ago, but spruced up with obligatory, modern-day tidbits like LED daytime running lights and the sort.

The next-generation Cooper is expected to come with a choice of three engines. The base engine will be a turbocharged, 1.5-litre three-cylinder good for 136 horsepower and 163 lb.-ft. of torque. The Cooper S’s turbo-four is expected to be bumped up to 2.0-litres, giving it a boost to 192 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines will feature a overboost mode, bumping torque up 170 lb.-ft. on the 1.5L and a John Cooper Works-worthy 222 lb.-ft. on the 2.0 L.

Finally, a new 1.5-litre diesel engine will be offered, good for 116 horsepower and 200 lb.-ft. of torque, although that particular engine hasn’t been confirmed for North America just yet. The third-generation Cooper will make its debut on Nov. 18 at Mini’s Oxford, England manufacturing plant and will promptly be shipped off to the L.A. and Tokyo auto shows two days later.

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