Purists who can’t accept changes to the original form of the Mini will cry foul. The Mini is evolving with a five-door model which at this point we’re unclear if it will be coming to the U.S.
This is the second body style of the new third-generation MINI.
MINI stated consistent expansion of the model program, with the addition of the MINI five-door, creates new opportunities for it and its would-be customers. This will be the first time the British brand is represented with a five-door model in the small car segment.
The wheelbase is expanded by 2.8 inches (72 mm) to 2,567 mm (101 inches) over the new three door hardtop MINI, and creates space for three seats in the rear, with 72 millimeters more foot space and legroom, 15 millimeters more headroom and 61 millimeters more interior width at elbow height. The luggage compartment space is boosted to 278 liters (9.8 cubic feet), or 67 liters (2.4 cubic feet) more than in the three-door hardtop model.
The European market launch of the new MINI five door will include four model versions: two gasoline and two diesel engine. Six-speed manual transmission will be standard and the six-speed Steptronic transmission or Steptronic sports transmission will be optional.
Fuel consumption ratings for the U.S. market three-door hardtop MINI is 42 mpg highway, 30 mpg city and 34 mpg combined. We expect the five-door model to be rated very close.
MINI did not state if or when the five-door model will come to North America.