A first spy photo of the upcoming 2007 Mini Cooper has just appeared on the interwebz and, judging by the look of it, lots of brand’s loyal followers are going to be disappointed. Instead of the classic(-ish) cockpit of previous iteration of the compact performance coupe, the new one features a more ‘futuristic’ one, which is based on BMW’s proprietary infotainment system.
New navigation system to be installed on the redesigned 2007 MINI Cooper will include BMW’s infamous iDrive computer interface controller, whether you hate it or not. As you can see on the spy photo below, the dashboard itself will also be slightly changed and, while clearly looking a tad more expensive, will still remain as ugly as it can probably get.
The interface will be slightly different than the one, which is present in the bigger Bimmers.
There will be only three tabs on the main screen: “entertainment”, “communication” and “navigation”, and a link for set-up. Fortunately, climate control will be managed via the standard interface.
BMW will also offer a new voice interface, to be activated by a dedicated button on the steering wheel.
There is a nice set of photos on the source site that will give you some impression on the MINI Cooper’s future interface.
See also: 2007 Mini Cooper: official photos