Following on from the recent renderings, MINI has revealed further details of its next generation model range ahead of the official unveiling in Oxford on November 18 – the birthday of Alec Issigonis.
Utilizing the company’s TwinPower turbo technology, engine options will include a 1.5-litre three-cylinder unit developing 100 kW (136 hp) and 220 newton metres of torque from as low as 1 250 rpm, with the overboost function allowing brief increases to 230 Nm. The launch 2.0-litre four-cylinder lump produces 141 kW (192 hp) and 280 Nm (300 Nm with overboost), while diesel fans are offered a 1.5-litre three-cylinder generating 85 kW (116 hp) and 270 Nm, which consumes 7 percent less fuel than its predecessor. All variants feature stop-start systems, with newly developed automatic and manual transmissions. The manual gearbox features a gear sensor which matches the engine speed to allow swifter shifting.
Sharing the same UKL1 platform that will see service in BMW’s new front-wheel-drive models, the 2014 MINI will be larger the current one, but thanks to the use of multi-phase steels, weight will be reduced with overall strength increased. Another safety plus is the new active engine cover, which uses photosensors in the bumper to indicate imminent collisions before detonating a trigger that raises the hood to create an instant crumple zone. Operating between 20 and 55 km/h, it dramatically reduces pedestrian injuries.
As well as increased space for occupants and luggage, the larger size and wider track promise improved comfort and stability aided by more rigid front strut and multi-link rear suspension components and speed-dependent electromechanical power steering. Electronically adjustable dampers will be offered for the first time, allowing the driver to choose between Comfort or Sport setting at the flick of a switch.