After a series of leaks , teasers and spy photos the MINI officially revealed the new Cooper.
It is built on the UKL platform and borrows some design elements from the Rocketman Concept. It will initially be available with three turbo Euro 6 engines (TwinPower rather than twin-turbo) which all come with a Start/Stop system. The petrol engines are equipped with a direct fuel injection. Note also that these are the first engines that will be fitted to the Mini coming from the parent company, BMW.
The new mini has has grown in length by 98 mm, width by 44 mm and height by 7 mm in comparison to the model it will replace. The wheelbase reaches 2495 mm. The new MINI measures 3.821 mm in length , 1.727 mm in width , 1.414 mm in height and 211 liters of luggage space ( 30 % increase).
The entry-level engine is a three cylinder petrol 1.5 liter engine producing 134 hp and 220 Nm of torque at 1,250 rpm . An overboost function will be available also, that will help increase for a few seconds the torque to 230 Nm. With this engine , the MINI has an average fuel consumption of 4.4 l/100 km and 105 g/km emissions of CO2. Also available will be a 1.5 liter three-cylinder turbodiesel engine producing 114 hp and 269 Nm of torque at the Cooper D model. It will have an average fuel consumption of 3.5 l/100 km and 92 g/km emission of CO2. Finally a four-cylinder , two-liter engine will be available in the Cooper S version producing 189 hp and 280 Nm-300 Nm of torque with overboost-, which consumes 5.6 l/100 km and emits 133 g/km of CO2.
The above engines come with manual gearboxes and automatic six speed transmission . The Mini Cooper models , which will have automatic transmission and navigator will have a new technology from BMW that can ” expect ” and “anticipate ” downshifts , as for example when approaching a crossing or a sharp turn.
Leaving powertrain aside, the new Mini Cooper has a completely modern chassis. The UKL1 platform benefits from technologies shared with the BMW i series. For the first time in the history of Mini, an electronically adjustable suspension will be offered with a Variable Damper Control switch inside for selecting one of the two operation modes (Comfort and Sport). The steering will from the an EPS (Electronic Power Steering).
The standard equipment includes an active bonnet that protects pedestrians involved in accidents, 15 inch wheels (16 inch in Cooper S), while the additional equipment includes rims up to 18 inches .
I t features LED lights front – back and inside we find a new head-up display that shows information in a small retractable screen on the dashboard, it can indicate the vehicle speed, navigation system information or entertainment and various alarms.
On the security part, there is a collision warning system and a corresponding system for pedestrians and both have the “city braking” function. If the system considers that a collision is imminent , it warns the driver through both audible and visual stimuli. If the driver does not respond , the system then automatically brakes the vehicle so as to avoid collision or at least reduce the speed with which the inevitable happens .
The car also is offered with a system that activates and deactivates the high beam lights depending on traffic and general lighting . Other systems include an active cruise control that uses camera, rear camera and parking assist, a system that memorizes the marks on the road and shows information related to the speed limit and whether overtaking is permitted or not .
The speedometer in the instrument panel has been removed , since there has been replaced by the infotainment system , which features an illuminated frame, which flashes when the phone of the driver rings. The main screen is 8.8inches and it is controlled via two switches similar to the switches of the iDrive of BMW.
In England the MINI Cooper starts from £ 15.300 (€ 18.220), the Cooper D from £ 16.450 (€ 19.590) and Cooper S from £ 18.650 (€ 22.210). Deliveries will start from next spring. Later more versions will be added like the: One, One D, Cooper SD and the JCW.
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