MINI goes max with new super look

By ERIC PHIRI

THE MINI Cooper  has always been about class and high fashion, the reputation that was further entrenched

when the 2014  edition was first unveiled at the Los Angeles Motor Show.

The automaker describes the new model as “completely new from the ground up. . . . strikes the perfect

balance between MINI heritage, future-defining forms and innovations.”

Looking at it from a distance you might think that nothing has changed, however, the new model is 98mm

longer, 44mm wider and 7mm taller than the outgoing generation, while its wheelbase has been stretched

by 42mm to 2495mm. These increased dimensions allow the MINI to offer more interior space as well as

211 litres of load capacity.

Among the features designed to enhance the car’s dynamic looks is the improved flow of its lines, short

overhangs, the hallmark stance on the wheels, and a smooth one-piece chrome frame on the hexagonal

radiator grille.

Other dynamic new features include revised headlights and larger trapezoidal rear lights which have chrome

ring surrounds and extend into the boot lid. The new model is also the first car in its segment to be available

with optional LED headlights.

Interior features

Although much from the outside remains unchanged, the interior of the all-new 2014 MINI is fitted with a

new instrument cluster positioned ahead of the driver on the steering column, while a new interface and

interactive LED display ring (with an 8.8-inch digital display screen) create an “emotionally invigorating

overall experience.”

A MINI controller dial is mounted next to the gear stick – providing drivers with the ability to control much

of the infotainment system, and the chrome window toggle switches are now integrated into the armrests,

making them comfortable to use.

In addition, the all-new 2014 MINI is available with Head-Up Display and optional extras like camera-based

active cruise control, high beam assist, a rear-view camera as well as collision and pedestrian warning.

Engine capability

The all-new 2014 MINI is available with a choice of three turbocharged Euro 6 compliant engines featuring

stop/start technology. Powering the base Cooper model is a 3-cylinder 1.5-litre engine producing 100kW of

power and 220Nm of torque (230Nm with overboost). In this make-up the new MINI returns 4.4 litres/100

km with 105 g/km of CO2 emissions.

 

The Cooper D is fitted with a 1.5-litre diesel unit delivering 85kW of power and 269Nm of torque which will

return 3.5 litres/100 km with CO2 emissions of 92 g/km.

The Cooper S is equipped with a 4-cylinder 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine rated outputting 141kW and

280Nm of torque (300Nm with overboost). In this arrangement, the new MINI will return 5.6 litrse/100 km

with CO2 emissions of 133 g/km.

These engines will be mated to a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an optional six-speed automatic.

While past models came with an optional sport mode, all new models will get the MINI Driving Modes (MID)

system that will adjust throttle and steering response as well as the engine sound.

On Cooper S models the MID  also include the dynamic suspension system and automatic transmission shift

points. Three settings are available: an eco GREEN mode, standard MID mode and an engaging GREEN

mode.

Prices

Cooper D             R274 000 (Automatic – R16 900 option)

Cooper S              R340 642 (Automatic – R16 900 option)

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