Scoop: New 2015 MINI Five-Door Hatch F55 Exposed Undressed!

Here’s our best look yet at the upcoming five-door version (codenamed F55) of the new generation Mini hatchback series, spied completely uncovered while being transferred on a trailer by a poster over at the Dutch Newminiclub forums. It’s hard to tell from these night shots, but previously spied prototypes of the car appear to sport shorter front doors and a slightly longer wheelbase than the traditional three-door version (F56) of the BMW Group’s third generation “New Mini”, which premiered at the  Tokyo and Los Angeles motor shows in November last year. The Mini-loving crew over at Motoringfile says the five-door F56 should be at least 50mm (2+ inches) longer than the three-door F56, with the newly found space aiding (mainly) rear passenger legroom and to a lesser degree, the cargo area. Mini may offer both a two-seat and a traditional three-seat bench layout for the rear compartment. Under the hood, the F55 will be offered with the same engine lineup as the F56, centered on the new 1.5-liter three-cylinder and 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged units. The F56 three-door model will be the first of the new Mini hatch series to launch in the market this spring and will be followed by the F56 five-door version towards the end of the year or early 2015, and the Cabriolet (F57) next year. Photos courtesy of Newminiclub

  • J.R.

    What a complete design failure. It seems the enemy is within. The glory days of living off the past is over….

  • ssijpaleszmato

    The true Mini spirit has died many years ago… I’m just curious people still buy these expensive, unpractical and ugly cars.

    • Braddo

      Drive one for a week. You’ll understand why people spend money on a car with great quality, well built, great performance and handling.Only impractical if you had a family to drive around…
      Wish people would stop comparing this to the old mini – THIS CAR IS NOT AN OLD MINI (thank goodness) It’s a new car, with a Mini Badge.
      Does a Porsche Cayenne make it any less a porsche because its a monstrous 4WD?

  • Nate

    They should have built a true successor to the Classic Mini beneath the existing BMW Mini range inspired by the Rover Spiritual Concept, BMC 9X prototype, Innocenti Mini and the Mini Rocketman concept.
    Hell, if they played their cards right BMW could even use the BMW “Mini-Mini” platform to somehow revive the Isetta brand with EV and 2-seater variants.

    • Braddo

      The original size isnt possible with the Safety bits they need in new cars. Why would you want one the old size anyways – THAT is impractical.

      • Nate

        If carmakers can build Kei Class cars of roughly similar size than it is doable, especially given the trend of cars once more becoming lighter and smaller (as well as featuring powerful sub-1.0 engines), besides if people have to downsize when it comes to cars in the near future than it is worth harking back to the past so the cars are actually worth downsizing too instead of heavily compromised designs.

        Cars nowadays are bloated enough to be a cross between a pillow on wheels and something out of Demolition Man, making one feel disconnected to the road.

        In the case of the BMC 9X in the late-60s/early-70s, it was actually more practical then the original Mini despite being 2 inches shorter and not beyond impossible for engineers / designers always to engage in some simply out of the box thinking.

  • Abhinav Suri

    Is it just me or does this look a lot like the Fiat 500L?

  • cooper

    Looks like mini is worried about the Fiat 500L.

  • Sergiu Zboras

    What’s weird about this photos, is that there are only 2 and you can not see the front. Seems to me like this is fake leak, they just want to make people talk about it. A real person would have taken some front pictures too and would have uploaded them on the net too.

    • dumblikeyou2

      I think 95% of all spy and leaked photos come directly from the manufacturer now.

    • emjayay

      Maybe they were chased away or something before they could.

    • Matt

      Unlikely. Car manufacturers want to reveal new and important models in their best light (ie studio photos) not grainy phone pics of their new and important models stropped to an aircraft carriage during transit.

      Besides, we already know what the front will look like anyway.

      • Sergiu Zboras

        I do not agree, manufacturers want first of all people to talk about their models, it’s the gossip thing. People like to gossip around and the gossip is the best way to spread something across public. It’s more powerful than just releasing some good studio photos or renders! And by doing this kinda fake leaks, scoops and so on they are throwing this kind of gossip to the public, some times it works – it’s like foreplay before sex if done at it’s best then everything goes smooth and nice! Cheers.

  • Catalin

    Looks line a Mini.

  • Matthew Raworth

    Those are some massive rear lights!

  • emjayay

    I would have expected the rear to be identical to the two door, but it’s completely different. The corner edge next to the taillights continuing across the bumper area is not on the two door, the taillights are different because they are on a flatter surface, and even the license plate surround is different. And the below the bumper area is also different. The two door doesn’t have the little fake grille and two more taillights (what are they for?) and dual center exhausts.

    Back in the olden days of BMC of course everything would be identical because they wouldn’t spend ten pounds on any new design or tooling if they didn’t have to.

    • Matt

      Remember you are looking at the ‘S’ version, which has a similiar bumper to the 3-door ‘S’. The lights near the exhaust are the rear fog lights I presume.

      You are right that the tail-gate and light assembly is unique to this model, the 3-door taillights wrap around the rear more than the 5-door.

      • emjayay

        Ooops, you’re right. Same grille-lights-exhausts thingy.

  • Jamie Pickles

    I like Scoop: New 2015 MINI Five-Door Hatch F55 Exposed Undressed

  • HotnCool

    i hope it’s 5 seater not 4 seater