Get ready for new ‘2015 Mini Cooper 5-Door’

2015 Mini Cooper 5 Door 1 Get ready for new ‘2015 Mini Cooper 5 Door’

2015 Mini Cooper 5 Door 3 Get ready for new ‘2015 Mini Cooper 5 Door’

Mini (written often as MINI) is an iconic name in the world of automobiles. Originally built by the British Motor Corporation (from 1959 to 2000, it was a two door economy/city car. It is still considered as one of the most influential cars of all time. The original car was designed by Sir Alec Issigonis and for the first ten years was sold under the Morris and Austin. But Mini became a separate marquee in 1969. Racing legend John Cooper collaborated with Sir Alec Issigonis to build the performance version of the Mini and it was named ‘Mini Cooper’. British Motor Corporation later became part of British Motor Holdings which in turn later merged into British Leyland. After the breakup of British Leyland, Mini was part of the Rover Group and owned by British Aerospace. Rover Group was then bought by German auto giant BMW. Although in 2000 Rover Group was also broken up by BMW but it retained the Mini marquee. From 2001, BMW introduced a new generation of Mini’s which although technically unrelated with the originals, shared design similarities to protect the identity of the Mini brand. In recent times BMW has been trying to expand the range of Mini cars by launching new models. Last year the third generation of Mini Hatch was launched. Now there is another member in the Mini family with the launch of the ‘Mini 5-Door’. Although it is being marketed as a 5 door variant of the latest ‘Mini Hatch’, it shares the platform and also the look of the second generation of ‘Mini Clubman (F54)’. Although a 5 door car was showcased as a concept model few years ago, this is the first time a production 5 door model will be launched. The ‘Mini 5-Door’ looks to combine the driving fun experience and style associated with the brand with increased space and comfort for passengers. The model will also be available in three more variants the ‘D’, the ‘S’ and the ‘SD’.

Exterior/Interior

There is a unique roof line and emphasized rear section in the new car. The chrome frame radiator grille has hexagonal contour and in the ‘S’ and ‘SD’ variants it is given a honeycomb pattern. Then there are ‘side scuttles’ (side indicator surrounds) and circular headlights. The headlamps have light sources that are clearly structured. For the first in its class, the 5-Door is given LED lights option along with LED/ halogen fog lamps. LED lights are also given for the rear. In terms of wheels, the regular and D variant will have 15-inch light alloy forged wheels while the S and SD variants will have 16-inch wheels. Optional 18 inch wheels are also available.

The main highlights of the car’s interior are- modern functionality, use of premium materials and colors and design with precise lines. While fabric seats are standard, they can be replaced with leather/ fabric combine seats. Sports and leather lounge seats are also available for the higher trims. The instrument cluster houses a TFT display (in size up to 8.8 inches) to display all the necessary information and important controls like AC, communication and infotainment. The car is also powered by BMW iDrive system that allows convenient and safe operation. Mini is also offering wide range of interior design options like ambient lights, LED light packages, upholstery colors etc.

Engine

Two petrol and two diesel engines will be available in 3 or 4 cylinder variants with Twinpower turbo technology.

  • 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol-max power 141 kW/192 hp and max torque 280 Nm.
  • 1.5 liter 3 cylinder petrol- peak power 100 kW/136 hp and max torque of 220 Nm
  • 2.0-litre turbodiesel- 125 kW/170 hp and maximum torque- 360 Nm
  • 1.5-litre 3-cylinder diesel- peak output 85 kW/116 hp and max torque 270 Nm.

Standard transmission is six-speed manual while 6-speed Steptronic transmission is optional.

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