MINI has unveiled the new Cooper at its home in Oxford, with global public debuts later this week in LA and Tokyo.
New MINI rides on BMW’s new front-wheel-drive platform architecture, which will underpin 10 new MINI and BMW models.
Compared to the outgoing model the new MINI Cooper is 98mm longer, 44mm wider and 7mm taller, while the wheelbase has been stretched by 42mm to 2495mm. The track is also wider by 42mm at the front and 34 mm at the rear.
With a new length of 3821mm, 1727mm in width and 1414mm in height, the new MINI offers more interior cabin room and also 211 litres of cargo capacity, an increase of 30 percent.
The design is evolutionary and there are no big surprises – everyone knows without thinking twice that this is the MINI. New Cooper is the first to come with full LED head and taillights in its segment. The higher spec models come with 8.8-inch infotainment system and the interior boasts now higher quality materials.
Big changes are under the bonnet with the arrival of three turbocharged Euro 6 compliant engines featuring stop/start technology.
The entry-level Cooper uses a 134bhp(up from 122bhp) 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol with 0-62mph time down from 9.1 seconds to 7.9 seconds compared to the outgoing model, while the average fuel economy is 62.8mpg.
The Cooper D with a 114bhp (+2bhp) 1.5-litre 3-cylinder diesel goes from 0-62mph in 9.2 seconds and the average fuel economy is an impressive 80.7mpg with CO2 emissions of 92 g/km.
The Cooper S is powered by a 189bhp 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, enabling it to go from 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds while the average fuel economy is 49.6mpg.
All three engines are linked to a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an optional six-speed automatic. A sport version of the auto with quicker shift times and paddle shifters is coming later.
The engine range will be expanded next year with entry level One and One D, a more powerful Copper SD and eventually range topping JCW.
There is also an optional Variable Damper Control which will offer two settings: Comfort and Sport.
Wheel sizes range from the standard 15-inch alloys on the Cooper and Cooper to to optional 18-inch ones.
New MINI will hit the market next spring with prices starting from £15,300 for the standard Cooper, £16,450 for the Cooper D and £18,650 for the Cooper S.