Mini developed under its ownership. It has made its first public appearance at the Tokyo motor show today, before appearing at the LA motor show.
new F56-generation three-door hatchback has evolutionary styling,
increased dimensions, a host of new technology and, most important, a
new platform and a range of new three-cylinder engines that will also be
used in BMW models.
The new Mini was unveiled on Monday at the
firm’s Oxford factory today before its motor show appearances. It will
go on sale in the UK next spring, with the initial range of Cooper,
Cooper D and Cooper S models priced from £15,300.
Mini calls the
new model “completely new from the ground up”, the result of which is “a
Mini that is distinctly familiar but enhanced in every single way”.
new Mini is 3821mm long, 1727mm wide and 1414mm high. That’s 98mm
longer, 44mm wider and 7mm taller than its predecessor. The wheelbase is
up by 42mm to 2495mm and track widths increase by 42mm at the front and
34mm at the rear. The result of these increased dimensions is improved
cabin space. Boot space is also up 30 per cent to 211 litres.
all-new engine line-up at launch features a 1.5-litre three-cylinder
petrol unit in the Cooper, a 1.5-litre three-cylinder diesel in the
Cooper D and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol in the Cooper S.
engine is turbocharged, has a stop-start system, complies with Euro 6
emissions regulations, offers peak power and torque lower in the rev
range than its predecessor and is up to 27 per cent more fuel efficient
than the engine that it replaces.
The £15,300 Cooper has outputs
of 134bhp and 162lb ft. Its combined economy is 62.8mpg and CO2
emissions are 105g/km. The £16,450 Cooper D’s figures are 114bhp, 199lb
ft, 80.7mpg and 92g/km. For the range-topping, £18,650 Cooper S, they
are 189bhp, 206lb ft, 49.6mpg and 133g/km.
Thanks to: Autocar