Mini confirmed its new Mini Cooper will see its U.S. version fully unveiled next month at the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
The latest generation of the Mini is said by the British premium brand to be once again a pioneer of individual style, premium quality and high-end technology.
Mini added the evolution of its design, entirely new engines and innovative driver assistance systems make the new Mini more athletic, efficient, expressive and progressive than ever before. The car’s characteristic go-kart feeling is now enhanced with optimized ride comfort, adjustable dampers being offered as an optional extra for the first time.
All four seats of the new Mini tangibly increase freedom of movement and the luggage compartment has been expanded by 30 percent. A new display and operating concept, innovative driver assistance systems and the latest Mini Connected features also allow even more intensive interaction between driver and Mini. And the new Mini is said by the brand to be the first automobile in its class to be fitted with LED headlamps and a Head-Up Display.
The new Mini is due to go on the market in the USA in spring 2014, with at first a choice of two models, Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper S. Both can be fitted with either the standard 6-speed manual transmission or the optional 6-speed automatic transmission.
The transmissions and engines have both been newly developed. Mini said the entire drivetrain technology along with an extensively optimized suspension provides the perfect basis for maximum driving fun in the small car segment.
As reported on November 19, for the first time both 3-cylinder and 4-cylinder engines are used in the Mini, all featuring Mini’s TwinPower Turbo Technology. In the new Mini Cooper and the new Mini Cooper S this includes turbocharging, direct fuel injection, variable camshaft control on the intake and exhaust side (double VANOS) and variable valve control in the form of VALVETRONIC, as patented by the BMW Group.
Originaly launched in Los Angeles, exact Mini Cooper U.S. March 2014 engine availability and specs, including mpg ratings, are expected to be revealed during the Detroit show.