BMW owned MINI has launched it’s new three-door and five-door Cooper models in India. The 2014 third generation MINI is underpinned by it’s parent company’s new UKL1 platform that has been first used on the MINI Cooper itself. The platform is a modular architecture designed to suit a range of front and four-wheel drive models. This platform is also going to underpin the new MINI Clubman aswell.
The new MINI Cooper carries along the car’s traditional design language with a slightly more rounded design language in the interest of better aerodynamics and improved pedestrian impact protection. The new three-door MINI Cooper is also larger than the second generation model by being 98mm longer, 44mm wider, 7mm taller and with a 28mm longer wheelbase. The car offers a boot space of 280 litres and with the rear seats folded, there is 941 litres of space.
While the three-door model undoubtedly sticks to the compact Cooper’s sporty design language, the five-door model is better suited to our market as a more practical offering in this family oriented market. It’s clever compact outside, spacious inside design of course playing it’s part as well.
Both the three door and five door MINI Coopers have been launched with a 1.5 litre twin turbo four cylinder diesel engine developing 116PS of max power and 270Nm of peak torque. The three door model is priced at Rs. 31.85 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) while the five-door model is priced at Rs. 35.20 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
It is claimed that the legendary go kart like handling of the MINI has been further enhanced in this new model. The new platform has also given the car a new front suspension and revised rear suspension.
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