Revealed: the new MINI
MINI has revealed the new-generation Cooper and Cooper S models, featuring an evolution of the iconic design and more efficient powertrains. It will go on sale in spring 2014.
The new MINI has made its worldwide debut today at MINI’s UK production plant in Oxford and will be presented at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show and Tokyo Motor Show.
The new hatch has slightly increased dimensions: it is 3,821mm long (MINI Cooper S is 3,850mm), 1,727mm wide and 1,414mm tall. This makes it 98mm longer, 44mm wider and 7mm taller than its predecessor.
The wheelbase has been extended by 28mm, while the track width has been enlarged at the front by 42mm and at the rear by 34mm.
The new MINI has a more dynamic look: the front and rear bumpers are more integrated with the body volumes; the DLO graphic has a tapering line that gives form to a slightly wedge-shape profile and the flanks now feature concave surface in the sill area, with downward curves at both ends.
The side panels also feature crease lines around the plastic wheelarches and a more elaborate surface treatment for the turn indicator element behind the front wheels.
Among the trademark elements are the hexagonal radiator grille and the headlamps and rear light clusters with wide chrome surround. Both the headlights and tail lamps are available with full-LED technology.
Five new exterior colors have been added to MINI’s already extensive palette, while the roof and exterior mirror caps can be finished in a contrasting color –black or white– as a no-cost option.
Roof rails are available for the new MINI for the first time. Other ways of adding a touch of individual style include black or white hood stripes.
The cabin features increased interior space and a new display and operating concept. The speedometer scale includes a colour display for Check Control messages, vehicle status displays and visual indicators relating to currently activated driver assistance systems.
As an optional extra, its interior surface can also act as an on-board computer.
The colour screen – measuring up to 8.8 inches – is used along with the MINI Controller on the centre console to operate vehicle functions, air conditioning, infotainment, communication, navigation and MINI Connected Services.
The innovative display and operating concept is supported by a lighting design in the area of the central instrument with LED units around the outer edge of the circular instrument – optionally available in six colours – that can respond to the current situation on the road or other customizable functions.
The new MINI has an all-new architecture, and a range of three new engines and gearboxes.
Customer can choose among a 1.5 liter gasoline, a 1.5 liter 3 cylinder diesel and a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder unit (for the Cooper S), with power outputs ranging from 114 to 189 hp.
The engines feature TwinPower Turbo Technology and can be coupled with a six-speed manual transmission or – as an option – with a six-speed automatic transmission.