The all-new MINI has been revealed with a launch date scheduled for the spring of 2014. There will be a slight increase in prices and we expect the entry level model to be around the £15,500 mark.
The new MINI sits on a completely new front wheel drive platform which is set to be shared between other MINI models and those from BMW.
The MINI is not so MINI, it is slightly bigger than the current model, the vehicle length increased by 98 millimetres, width by 44 millimetres, height by 7 millimetres and there is a longer wheelbase (+ 28 millimetres) with a larger track width (front + 42 millimetres, rear + 34 millimetres). Which equates to a larger passenger cell, which benefits all four occupants, with a larger adjustment range at front and longer seat surface at rear (+ 23 millimetres); more shoulder room and foot space. The overall luggage compartment volume increased from 160 litres to 211 litres; rear backrest foldable with 60 : 40 split; optional storage package including luggage compartment floor which can be locked into place at varying points.
There is a new range of engines making up three model variants at launch: The MINI Cooper with 136 bhp 3-cylinder petrol engine, MINI Cooper S 192 bhp 4-cylinder petrol engine and MINI Cooper D with a 116 bhp 3-cylinder diesel engine. All mated to 6-speed manual gearboxes with the option of a 6-speed automatic transmission or sports automatic transmission. Efficiency has been improved with a reduction in fuel consumption and emissions – yet an increase in performance. For example the MINI Cooper with automatic transmission: acceleration from 0-62 mpg is 2.6 seconds quick with an average fuel consumption 27 per cent lower.
You are able to set up your own vehicle dynamics with the new Driving Modes option, operated by a rotary switch at the base of the gearshift or selector lever. In addition to the standard setting MID mode, the modes SPORT and GREEN can be activated; choice of mode influences the characteristic curve of the accelerator and steering, as well as the shift times of the automatic transmission and the Dynamic Damper Control where these features are fitted; GREEN mode in conjunction with automatic transmission enables coasting with decoupled drivetrain.
On the technology front there is now the option of LED headlamps including daytime driving ring with integrated direction indicator, adaptive light distribution and LED fog lamps; rear lights also optionally available in LED technology, optional lighting package with LED interior lights and orange-coloured ambient lighting.
The centrally mounted speedo has gone and there is an all-new: instrument cluster located on the steering column showing road speed and engine speed, colour display for vehicle status details and fuel level; central instrument with new display elements and coloured lighting configuration including LED ring for visual feedback in response to numerous operating functions, 4-line TFT display as standard or optional colour display up to 8.8 inches in size; operation of navigation, entertainment, telephone and vehicle functions using MINI Controller in centre console.
MINI Connected in-car infotainment program now comes with additional functions; Emergency Call and MINI Teleservices available for use with permanently installed SIM card. Smart phone integration has been expanded to include Mission Control, Dynamic Music, Driving Excitement and MINIMALISM Analyser; new MINI Connected XL Journey Mate with Real Time Traffic Information; online connection also allows the use of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, foursquare and Glympse, the reception of RSS newsfeeds and entertainment features such as AUPEO!, Stitcher, Deezer, Audible, Napster/Rhapsody and TuneIn.
Options include MINI Head-Up-Display, Driving Assistant including camera-based active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning with initial brake function, high beam assistant and road sign detection, parking assistant; rear view camera.Published 18 November 2013