The first picture of a five-door Mini was a grainy image taken inside the carmaker’s paint shop (See: Spied! A five-door Mini decked out for paint job).
Now photographers from picture agency Automedia have caught a camouflaged five-door Mini Cooper S near parent company BMW’s headquarters in Germany.
There was a time when the Mini was exactly that – a three-door of sorts, if you counted the small boot lid.
But ever since BMW got its hands on the British brand at the start of the new century and churned out the first modern Mini, the range has been constantly expanding.
The first rumours of a five-door Mini came after the Countryman was launched. Now the first photographic proof of a prototype is here before your eyes.
Automedia says the five-door variant isn’t expected to hit the European market until 2015. It says it has a slightly longer wheelbase and smaller front doors than the three-door Mini. There is also talk of a convertible, says Automedia.
Both the three- and five-door hatchbacks ride on the BMW Group’s newly developed front- and all-wheel drive UKL1 modular platform on which BMW will also base the 1-Series Gran Turismo compact MPV.
The five-door will share engine options with the Mini range, now made up of a new family of turbocharged three-cylinder petrol and diesel units and a boosted 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine for the premium Cooper S and John Cooper Works cars.