• Latest MINI will be revealed on November 18
  • New teaser image proves big styling changes aren't in the cards
  • Other changes include new engines, transmissions and options

The wait for an all-new MINI is almost over. That's the latest from MINI's parent company, BMW, which recently released a new teaser photo showing the next MINI's headlights and a little of the grille.

That's enough to seriously excite MINI fans, who have been waiting for an all-new model since a "second-generation" MINI Cooper arrived for the 2007 model year. Now, like then, it appears changes to the exterior will be minor, as the teaser image reveals the hatchback's shape will largely stay the same. 

But there are big changes brewing under the hood. Base models will use a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder -- not a 4-cylinder, like many economy cars -- that makes 138 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque. That means it has more power than the outgoing mini's 121 hp. And since it's a smaller engine, it will likely have better gas mileage, too. 

Step up to the Cooper S and you'll get a new 4-cylinder that makes 195 hp and 206 lb-ft. That, too, is an increase over last year's model. MINI has not yet announced specs for a performance-oriented John Cooper Works trim, but we expect one to arrive shortly after the MINI's launch. 

So what else is new on the "new" MINI? Expect revised manual and automatic transmissions, likely designed to balance gas mileage and performance. Expect optional adjustable suspension, which will offer two driving modes described by MINI as "emphatically sporty" and "balanced and comfortable." And expect advanced driving aids such as a rearview camera, park assist and a collision-warning system. MINI says adaptive cruise control is also on the way. 

If you're eager to check out the new MINI, you don't have long to wait. The brand plans to show off the new car on November 18 in a worldwide ceremony held simultaneously in Los Angeles, Tokyo and England. 

What it means to you: The next MINI Cooper will likely look a lot like today's model, but you should expect important changes under the skin.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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