MINI has joined the growing number of brands planning to unveil a new model or concept at this month's Paris Auto Show, with the British carmaker revealing its intentions on its Facebook page today.
Online onlookers will get a first glimpse of the new concept a week before the Paris show however, thanks to a special unveiling in London, open only to press and a few lucky Londoners.
Dubbed a 'design concept', MINI has revealed next to nothing about what we can expect from the concept.
Our thinking is that it's unlikely to be an all-new model, with the company's still-to-be-revealed Coupe and Roadster models expected to hit the market in 2012.
One possibility is a new model based on the Clubman test car spied on the roads of Europe back in July, with speculation at the time suggesting it could be a new hybrid project.
Meanwhile, news out of Oxfordshire on the expected Coupe and Roadster - reportedly due to enter production in mid-2011 - has crawled to a halt. To get the sporty MINIs on the road, around 1000 new jobs are expected to be created at the BMW-owned brand's Cowley assembly plant in the UK.
The Roadster is expected to utilise the 126kW 1.6 litre turbocharged engine found in the Cooper S instead of the John Cooper Works-sourced unit of the Coupe Concept.