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Spies have captured these latest daylight shots of a 2013 MINI Cooper prototype testing in a group of some MINI prototypes in addition to a BMW 1 Series GT. Caught at a petrol station spies took advantage of the moment to snap both vehicles together.

Just two weeks ago we showed you the MINI Cooper prototype first winter testing shots during some night tests. Now they are driving them more in daylight.

The 2013 MINI will be underpinned by a new front-wheel drive platform code named UKL. It will be slightly larger than the current model. The UKL platform is reportedly quite flexible and will be used in six to nine new models including a new compact BMW due to arrive in 2014 as well as the next-generation Clubman.

A variety of engines will be available including a 1.5-liter three-cylinder that produces 130 PS (96 kW / 128 hp) and 150 PS (110 kW / 148 hp) in diesel and petrol guise, a range of 2.0-liter four-cylinders from the BMW 1-Series and a new turbocharged 1.6-liter petrol that produces 180 PS (132 kW / 178 hp) in the Cooper S and 220 PS (162 kW / 217 hp) in the JCW. Lastly, a hybrid version emerging from the signed front-wheel drive hybrid sharing agreement with PSA Peugeot Citroen in 2010 is also expected.

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