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2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop unveiling marks the fourth-generation of the iconic micro-Brit

Mini pulled the sheets off its all-new 2014 Cooper Hardtop today in Los Angeles.

This debut marks the beginning of the fourth generation of Mini since the car first went on sale in 1959. 

Despite being a totally redesigned model, the new Mini looks more like an evolution in style, rather than a revolution in sheetmetal. Its bulging headlamps and shoebox-shaped body remain both cute and familiar, with a few modern tweaks, like its larger grille, LED daytime running lights, and optional LED headlights.

The Cooper is 4.5 inches longer than its predecessor, with more than an inch of that added to the wheelbase. It’s also 1.7 inches wider than before, and these longer, wider proportions should improve the MINI’s already sharp handling.