BMW owned Mini officially ready to launch 3-Door and 5-Door hatchbacks in India on November 19 in Mumbai. While the two cars look familiar with their evolutionary styling. The 3-door Mini will replace the current 3-door Cooper model, while the 5-door will be a completely new addition to the lineup, which also includes the Convertible and Countryman which will be offered for the first time in the country. The new Mini will be loaded with all new modern features and technologies. 3-door Mini will follow the footsteps of the predecessor, but it’s the more practical and sporty 5-door Mini could be quite a hit among young well to do families in India. Both cars are based on the (UKL) front-wheel drive architecture, will be more spacious than the outgoing Mini, and gets a whole new range of engines as well.
The Cooper S petrol and a Cooper D diesel. The Cooper S will come with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo petrol engine that produces 192PS of power and 280Nm of torque and the Cooper D will get a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder turbo diesel motor engine producing 118PS/270Nm. In international market, the new Mini hatchback is available in two diesel variant i.e. Mini Cooper D and Mini Cooper SD. Since in India diesel engines are a preferred choice in this segment, we expect the diesel power-train to make it to the Mini’s hatchback range in India this time. The 3-door version measures 3,821 mm long, 1,727 mm wide, and 1,414 mm tall, whereas the 5-door measures 3,982 mm long, 1,727 mm wide and 1,425 mm tall.
2014 Mini will carry almost same design like previous cars like like the hexagonal grille and round headlamps but is now longer by 98mm, wider by 44mm and 7mm taller than the previous model. Mini is offering a unique range of alloy wheels which gives stunting looks from the sides. The new Mini 2014 gets a head-up display, which includes driving speed, navigation instructions and the current speed limit along with a collision and pedestrian warning system with an automatic braking function at lower speeds. Reversing camera and parking assist, as well as headlights that use the front-mounted camera to see oncoming traffic and automatically dip from the main beams will be available in the updated version. Customers will be given a standard kit which includes keyless go, isofix seats in the front and rear, and Bluetooth. Features in the 2014 Mini Cooper include optional Mini driving modes (MID, Sport, Green) that are switchable by a rotary switch.
New upcoming Mini will compete with compacts like Mercedes Benz A and B class and Audi compact A3. It will be brought to India via CBU route and will priced in the range 30 to 40 lakhs.