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      11-20-2013, 06:38 PM   #1
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New Mini Cooper unveiled

It's hard to tell the difference between this and the old one, but the new technology in the car is impressive. I didn't expect it to get features such as HUD and full LED headlights at all. The 2 series doesn't even get that.. I'm disappointed with the interior though. It looks too similar to the cartoonish appearance of its predecessor.


New Mini gets a more angled bonnet and windscreen, while the headlights are now less pronounced than before.


Riding on BMWs UKL1 platform, which is set to underpin a number of BMWs upcoming compact FWD models, the new Mini will be larger than the model it replaces.


The new car is palpably larger than its predecessor


The new Mini has been officially unveiled


BMW's new UKL1 platform underpins the car


Familiar circle-shaped cabin elements remain


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The new car is palpably larger than its predecessor
The new Mini was officially unveiled in London last night ushering in a host of new design elements and drivetrain features.

The exterior design is vastly different than before and incorporates such features as an hexagonal radiator grille, headlamps and rear light clusters with wide chrome surround, a more angled bonnet and windscreen and circular daytime running lights surrounding the headlights. Full-LED headlamps will be offered as an option.

The new cars cabin carries over a number of aesthetic cues from that of the outgoing model with circular facia elements in abundance. The most obvious changes stem from addressing some of the previous cars ergonomic quirks. The centre of the facia is no longer occupied by a large speedometer and the windows get the conventional buttons on the doors instead of the previous cars retro flip switches on the centre console.

New Mini rides on BMWs UKL1 platform, which is set to underpin a number of BMWs upcoming compact FWD models. This vehicle has grown longer by 98 mm, wider by 44 mm, taller by 7 mm and has a wheelbase thats 28 mm longer than that of its predecessor. The company claims that overall interior space has increased and boot space has grown from 184 to 211 dm3.

The company has used the launch of the new Mini to introduce a range of new engines with TwinPower (turbocharging and direct fuel injection) technology. The standard Cooper comes fitted with a 100 kW 3-cylinder petrol engine, while the Cooper S is powered by a 141 kW 4-cylinder unit and the Cooper D with a 3-cylinder diesel that pushes out 85 kW and a fuel consumption figure of around 3,6 litres/100 km. The default transmission is a six-speed manual with an auto box or a sports auto box with paddle shifters offered on certain models as an option.

To retain, and hopefully improve upon, that fun go-kart-like handing for which the Mini has always been loved, the company has revised the existing suspension set-up to compensate for the new cars increased power and body rigidity, as well as its lower kerb weight. The new suspension tech includes single-joint spring strut axle with aluminium swivel bearing and axle supports and a new multilink rear axle. Also helping with handling and dynamics is the electromechanical power steering with Servotronic as standard and dynamic stability control with traction control and electronic differential lock control. Theres also the option of an adaptive damper control system with two settings sport and comfort.

There is a range of driver assistance systems available as options on the new Mini. This includes 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 and a rear view camera.

The new Mini will arrive in SA early in 2014.
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For 293 more official photos, go to http://www.carscoops.com/2013/11/201...-familiar.html
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So that diesel will get 65 miles per gallon?! Hyrbid shprybrid.
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man i loved that the center speedometer, sad it went away : (.
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uhmm looks strange.. hope it will be able to compete in this though car market of today sales are virtually down across the board...competition is really harsh and the disappearing of the middle class..sad times in the automotive world to come..
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So that diesel will get 65 miles per gallon?! Hyrbid shprybrid.
UK MPG or US MPG?
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UK MPG or US MPG?
Good point. I'd guess UK... not sure what that is in US.

/Edit/ Looks like 54 MPG U.S.
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Nice interior...it still seems like a female orientated car to me though.
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This doesn't interest me, I'm waiting on the new Clubman, it looks like it will be the best looking MINI of the new generation.




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This doesn't interest me, I'm waiting on the new Clubman, it looks like it will be the best looking MINI of the new generation.
I think you're right. It does look good.
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I loved the old Cooper S, I think I'll need to check the new S/JCW out as well...
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Okay, the new Min and the new FWD Bimmers are to share a platform. How about sharing some dealerships as well?
I would have been stone serious about a Min as our next purchase, but the only dealer is buried in-town in Pittsburgh, which is just a giant PITA for service.
Since they will be sharing components, why not let them be purchased and maintained at the same shops? Or am I getting all hung up on that 'making sense' thing?
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Okay, the new Min and the new FWD Bimmers are to share a platform. How about sharing some dealerships as well?
I would have been stone serious about a Min as our next purchase, but the only dealer is buried in-town in Pittsburgh, which is just a giant PITA for service.
Since they will be sharing components, why not let them be purchased and maintained at the same shops? Or am I getting all hung up on that 'making sense' thing?
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At least 3 BMW Dealerships here in South Florida sell/service MINI as well.
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I would have been stone serious about a Min as our next purchase
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as a current mini owner, i hate the exterior but really like the interior. sad to see the middle speedo go...
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Can they still be called Mini's anymore, its becoming like an oxymoron. The majority of Mini's I see in the parking lots are huge.
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Okay, the new Min and the new FWD Bimmers are to share a platform. How about sharing some dealerships as well?
I would have been stone serious about a Min as our next purchase, but the only dealer is buried in-town in Pittsburgh, which is just a giant PITA for service.
Since they will be sharing components, why not let them be purchased and maintained at the same shops? Or am I getting all hung up on that 'making sense' thing?
Moon
I don't see why not either. Here in the UK, all BMW dealers that I know also have a mini dealer either on site or next door!
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as a current mini owner, i hate the exterior but really like the interior. sad to see the middle speedo go...
Quite the opposite for me hey. What mini do you have?

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Can they still be called Mini's anymore, its becoming like an oxymoron. The majority of Mini's I see in the parking lots are huge.
And will continue to growl which is a good thing for some. Once it hits mainstream hatch size a lot more people will consider it

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I don't see why not either. Here in the UK, all BMW dealers that I know also have a mini dealer either on site or next door!
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Okay, the new Min and the new FWD Bimmers are to share a platform. How about sharing some dealerships as well?
I would have been stone serious about a Min as our next purchase, but the only dealer is buried in-town in Pittsburgh, which is just a giant PITA for service.
Since they will be sharing components, why not let them be purchased and maintained at the same shops? Or am I getting all hung up on that 'making sense' thing?
Moon
It's pretty common in Europe for MINI and BMW to share dealerships. My local BMW dealer isn't an official MINI dealer, but can sell them and they are an official MINI service centre.
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as a current mini owner, i hate the exterior but really like the interior. sad to see the middle speedo go...
On the Countryman the centre speedo is pointless as there is a digital speedo in the rev counter, I don't think I ever look at the centre speedo, the only person is my wife and she generally makes me slow down. So I'm happy to see it go. The interior quality appears to have made a big improvement, the current MINI interiors are not good enough for a premium priced product.
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