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The global reveal of the new generation MINI took place today at the company’s plant in Oxford, England with much fanfare. The unveiling of the new car was preceded by examples of the three previous generations, along with a special mascot of Britishness, a British Bulldog named ‘Spike’, who features prominently in the new car’s commercials. Riding high on the success of the previous two generations of the MINI, the new model features changes and improvement in every aspect of the car.
Changes to the car include new styling, revamped interiors, upgraded equipment levels and quality, and even two brand new petrol engines apart from the usual improvements in emissions, efficiency, safety and driving dynamics. According to the company, every component has been back to the drawing board in an effort to optimise its function, performance and style. And the result is ‘The New Original’, a MINI which is distinctly familiar but enhanced in every single way.
Inside, the car features more space from the previous generation, mainly due to a 28mm increase in wheelbase to improve rear legroom, and new technology which is claimed to make the MINI the most connected car in its class. It features a state-of-the-art LED lighting system in the interiors to engage the driver via its various colours for different driving modes, such as red for sport and green for eco. The three most distinctive features of the interiors however are the relocation of the giant central speedo, which instead of being in the centre console is now placed in a much more conventional position in front of the driver, and is also more conventionally sized. Second is the striking aviation style Start/Stop toggle switch mounted low in the centre console, which looks very stylish and oozes appeal. And third is the optional heads-up display, which is displayed on to a screen which rises in front of the driver in jet fighter style, giving it an exciting look & feel. The MINI is now also fitted with two different versions of BMW’s iDrive system, called the MINI controller to control the functions such as navigation, entertainment etc.
As far as power is concerned, the MINI is now powered by a brace of brand new petrol engines featuring TwinPower Turbo technology, with the Cooper being powered by a 1.5 litre 3-cylinder unit producing 134bhp and the Cooper S featuring a 2 litre 4-cylinder producing 189bhp. The Cooper D comes with a 3-cylinder unit producing 114bhp. The transmission choices have also been revamped with the car now featuring three gearbox options. First up is a 6-speed manual which can rev match the engine on down shifts, and the 6-speed auto featuring a start/stop function for the first time. The third option is a 6-speed sports auto featuring shorter shift times, rev matching on downshifts and manual control via steering mounted paddles.
On the outside, while there has been major revision to the looks of the new MINI, it retains the family look and visually seems a major evolution of the last generation design. However, the detailing such as the rear tail lamp treatment, the glasshouse and fender details are much more improved and intricate.
Combined with the new engines, equipment levels and technology, the new MINI promises to be a cracker to drive, especially with the company officially claiming that special car has been made to ensure that the car retains its ‘go-kart’ style handling. We can’t wait to get our hands on the new car to get a first hand feel of how it drives, and it is estimated that the car will be launched in India next year with a possible reveal at the upcoming Auto Expo in February.