Gabe and his MINIons over at Motoring File are convinced the next Mini Cooper will be fitted with BMW's iDrive interface, which has been the victim of more negative column inches than "Ishtar," "Waterworld" and Lindsay Lohan's dad combined. Interface geeks that we are, Jalopnik's complaints about iDrive have been directed not at the complexity of it, but the manner in which it sucks a driver's eyeballs from the road (a bad move on the New Jersey Turnpike). According to MF, the Mini system will mitigate distraction issues with voice activation. Nonetheless, the Mini's climate control switches will remain on the center stack, which removes one major iDrive sticking point.
2007 Navigation System to Include iDrive [MotoringFile]
Italiadesign Giugiaro Puts Fine Italian Hand to Next-Gen Mini [internal]