The new MINI is here with prices starting from £15,300. Current range topping Cooper S is powered by a 189bhp 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, enabling it to go from 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds.
As with the outgoing model a more powerful and more aggressive JCW model will follow soon that will be previewed next month with the MINI John Cooper Works Concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The concept features exclusive body paintwork in Bright Highways Grey, red colour accents, bespoke aerodynamic features and new 18-inch John Cooper Works light-alloy wheels.
The JCW concept also comes with what MINI calls ultra-high-performance powertrain and chassis technology. Most likely a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder petrol turbo is under the bonnet with around 220bhp.
Visually and aerodynamically the concept is distinguished from the standard hatch with big air intakes where the standard model has fog lights, new front apron, LED headlights, black surround for the front grille, side skirts, roof spoiler, rear apron with flaps and a diffuser element.
At the rear we can also see a new sports exhaust system with twin tailpipes, including John Cooper Works silencer system.
The production model is expected to debut in the second half of 2014.