MINI and the word 'iconic' go hand in hand but while it might still carry the trademark 'MINI'-ness with it, it's time for BMW to bring out the next generation version of the car. And that means that they (the engineers) must be busy testing the car, doesn't it?

Scoop: Next-gen MINI spotted

Well, yes, they are. And here are the spy shots of the next generation MINI, which as reported by AutoExpress, will be the first car based on BMW's new 'UKL1' front wheel drive platform . Published by the same website, the pictures show a test mule of the iconic supermini disguised, undergoing some real world testing. 

Scoop: Next-gen MINI spotted

The car is expected to receive a few design changes in the form of larger grille, bigger headlamps with thicker chrome surrounds, more raked front and rear windscreen and the inclusion of an infotainment system in place of the circular central speedo. 

Scoop: Next-gen MINI spotted

It will be launched sometime next year (i.e. in 2014) but the 2014 MINI is expected to make an appearance later this year. Also, the same report suggests that the car will use new 1.5-litre engines (both petrol and diesel) from the parent company BMW. Hope the phenomenal 1.6-litre engine continues to be in the lineup.

Source: AutoExpress