This is claimed by Mini to be the first round OLED touchscreen in a production car, hosting critical information about it (such as road speed and fuel economy) at the top and a menu bar at the bottom.
The screen is also used for the bulk of the climate functions, although usefully buttons remain for the front and rear window demisters.
The gear selector has been relocated from the centre console to a panel below the screen, alongside the handbrake button, turn-key starter, driving mode selector and audio control dial.
Boot space is rated at 210 litres, down a single litre on the current three-door hatch but still 25 litres up on the rival Fiat 500 Hybrid (£16,790).
The Cooper C is priced from £22,300 (RRP), on a par with the current entry-level Cooper. The Cooper S benefits from a price cut, falling from £27,555 (RRP) to £26,700.
For reference, the electric Cooper E and Cooper SE are priced from £31,945 and £33,445 (OTR).
Customer deliveries of the new petrol models are due to begin in the spring.
Five-door hatchbacks and a John Cooper Works three-door will follow by the end of the year and a new soft-top Convertible is expected to arrive in 2025.