Only half a year after it was first revealed to the world, the more-doored Mini has taken the Indian stage. A more practical cousin of the 3-door Mini hatch, the prosaically-named Mini 5-door launched here in India. While the car is available in India in both 3 and 5-door versions, it is only sold in Cooper D variants.
Both are powered by a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder turbo diesel engine, offering 114 hp and 270 Nm torque. Both have a top speed of 200 kmph and achieve 0-100 kmph in 9.2 seconds. Transmission will be taken care by improved 6-speed automatic gearbox, tuned to offer more fuel efficiency. The Cooper S variant with a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine pumping out 192 bhp and 280 Nm of torque is expected in Q1 2015.
Compared to the outgoing model, the 3-door version is 3821 mm long, 1727 mm wide and 1414 mm tall. This makes it 98 mm longer, 44 mm wider and 7 mm taller than the second-generation car. The wheelbase of the car has been lengthened by 28mm. The 5-door version measures 4005 mm in length, 1727 mm in width and 1,425 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2567 mm. The luggage capacity of the Mini 3-door with the rear seats in place is 211 litres, while that of the 5-door is 278 litres.
The car features a new grille, LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED tail lamps and a new range of body colours. On the inside, the new Mini is more spacious than its predecessor. There is a new instrument cluster located behind the steering wheel. The centre of the dashboard now houses the car’s entertainment and navigation systems and other infotainment features. On-board features include three driving modes – Sport, Green and Mid.
There are a host of colour options to choose from to include two non-metallic colors of Pepper White and Volcanic Orange and nine metallic colours of Moonlight Grey, Blazing Red, Electric Blue, British Racing Green, Iced Chocolate, Thunder Grey, Deep Blue, White Silver and Midnight Black. State of the art safety features – front and passenger airbags, 3-point seat belts, dynamic stability, crash sensor, ABS, run-flat indicator and much more.
Speaking about a more powerful version of the new Mini, Mr. Philipp von Sahr, President, BMW Group India said –
“That it will be launched next-year as a CBU (Completely Built-Up). Though he did not confirm a launch date, he did say that the car will be launched in Q1 2015. The new Mini Cooper S 3 door will get a 2.0l four cylinder petrol turbo engine generating 189 hp and 280 Nm torque. It will have a top speed of 233 kmph and a 0-100 kmph acceleration time of 6.7 seconds.”
2014 Mini Cooper D is brought as a CBU and therefore attracts maximum import duty.
Prices (ex-showroom, all India):
- Cooper D 3-door – Rs. 31.85 lakh
- Cooper D 5-door – Rs. 35.20 lakh
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