MINI is an iconic brand that has been serving the masses for decades. The original MINI ruled the world markets for years but with the changing tastes and demand for a modern MINI, the brand reintroduced its car 13 years back. And since then, evidently, the car has grown in size like never before. MINI has progressed so rapidly in the recent years that it had to come up with a range of models.including the Convertible, longer-wheelbase Clubman, Countryman crossover, Paceman three-door crossover, Coupe and Roadster.
Now comes the 2015 MINI original hardtop version and the brand has released photos and specs for the car.
“Every year Mini convinces more and more people to consider small,” Jim McDowell, vice president of Mini USA, said. “The brand thinks there’s room enough for one more Mini model, McDowell said, which he promises will be “as radical in this decade as the original was in 1959.”
The new car is 151.1 inches long (MINI Cooper S: 151.9 inches), 68 inches wide and 55.7 inches high – making it 4.5 inches longer, 1.7 inches wider and 0.3 inches higher than its predecessor.The wheelbase stands at 98.2 inches, which is a 1.1 inch increase over the last version. Luggage compartment has also been increased by 3 cubic feet to 8.7 cubic feet.
Being bigger in size does not mean MINI is moving away from its traditional design. The new MINI, essentially, packs the same familiar design featuring hexagonal contour of the radiator grille, circular headlights, ‘side scuttle’ indicator surrounds, upright rear light clusters and black lower body edging. It is first from its class to offer the option of LED headlamps for both dipped and main beam, and in addition gets five new color options.
Because of the beefed up interior, there is more room in the cabin for passengers. There are a lot of improvements that are worth considering. The most important change in the new MINI is a new display and operating concept, illustrated by the instrument cluster on the steering column. The speed, revs and fuel level are displayed on vertically arranged circular dials, with the speedometer scale featuring a color panel for messages and vehicle status displays. Furthermore there are a lot of optional packages to look forward to.
New MINI features a a range of three entirely new engines, each coming packed with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology which ensures increased driving fun while improving fuel efficiency. The MINI Cooper is powered by a 1.5 liter three-cylinder petrol engine with a max output of 134bhp and 220 Nm of torque. The new MINI Cooper S Hatch is powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder petrol engine that develops 189 horses and 280 Nm of torque, while the MINI Cooper D Hatch makes 114bhp and 270 Nm from its 1.5 liter three-cylinder diesel engine. A six speed manual transmission comes as standard while a six-speed automatic transmission is available as an option on each engine.
2015 MINI Price
- Mini Copper Hatch: £15,300
- Mini Cooper D Hatch: £16,450
- Mini Cooper S Hatch: £18,650