New Mini Revealed; March 2014 Market Availability

A new Mini Hardtop is coming and BMW has released information and pictures of this new car set to launch March 2014.

BMW said this new Mini is characterized by a new generation of engines increasing driving fun and efficiency, and a wider selection of innovative driver assistance systems as well as Mini Connected infotainment facilities.

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.

According to BMW, the result is a further boost to driving fun along with increased efficiency.

With output increased by 13 horsepower to 134 horsepower between 4 500 and 6 000 rpm and a maximum torque of 162 pound-feet (170 pound-feet with overboost), now available at 1,250 rpm, the 1.5-litre 3-cylinder engine in the new Mini Cooper is said to also enable much sportier driving performance than the predecessor power unit.

The new Mini Cooper is expected by BMW to sprint in 7.4 seconds (automatic: 7.3 seconds) from standing to 60 mph, while its top speed is 130 mph in each case.

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More power can be found in the new Mini Cooper S, which is powered by a 2.0-liter 4- cylinder engine with a peak output of 189 horsepower which goes on stream between 4,700 and 6,000 rpm, delivering its maximum torque of 207 pound-feet at 1,250 rpm. Torque can briefly be increased to 221 pound-feet by means of an overboost function. As a result, BMW said acceleration from zero to 60 mph takes 6.5 seconds (automatic: 6.4 seconds), while the top speed is 146 mph (automatic: 145 mph).

The manual and automatic transmissions are also newly developed in the name of improved efficiency. The new Mini will come as standard with a 6-speed manual transmission which differs from the predecessor model, per BMW, in its optimized weight and improved shift comfort deriving from the use of carbon friction linings for the synchronizer rings. A centrifugal pendulum in the dual-mass flywheel compensates for torsional vibrations, thereby enhancing the acoustic and vibrational properties of the drive system when traveling at low engine speeds for greater fuel efficiency.

Also, Mini said a new gear sensor enables active engine speed adaptation for especially sporty shifting when accelerating and increased comfort when shifting down.

The 6-speed automatic transmission available for all versions of the new Mini is said to offer improved efficiency, enhanced shift comfort and increased shift dynamics. These advancements have been achieved by means of elements such as a more efficient transmission control system, a more direct connection and optimized hydraulics. The new Mini also combines automatic transmission with an automatic engine start/stop function for the first time.

An additional option is the 6-speed sports automatic transmission which enables even shorter shift times and can be operated in manual mode using shift paddles at the steering wheel.

Mini explained that in conjunction with the Mini navigation system, the automatic transmission is also able to take account of the route profile in controlling gear shifts. Based on navigation data, the appropriate drive position is selected to match the imminent situation on the road, preventing unnecessary upshifts between two bends in quick succession, for example.

The British-inspired German company said the MINIMALISM technology which comes as standard includes the automatic engine start/stop function, extensive measures to optimize weight and aerodynamic drag in the new Mini as well as a shift point display function for automobiles with manual transmission, brake energy recuperation and needs-oriented control of the fuel pump, coolant pump and other ancillary units. The electromechanical power steering is said to be equally as energy-efficiency as the map-controlled oil pumps in all engines.

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Depending on the model chosen, a significant optimization of aerodynamic properties is achieved by measures such as underbody trim and air ducting elements in the upper section of the C columns. With a drag coefficient (Cd value) of 0.28, BMW said the new Mini is the segment leader in terms of aerodynamics.

The new Mini Hardtop is the first car in its segment to offer the option of LED headlamps, and does so for both low and high beam. They are also surrounded by an LED daylight driving ring, the lower section of which reaches down to the white turn indicators. Another option is an adaptive light distribution function that ensures optimum illumination of the road surface and roadside – depending on situation and route profile – and also includes a turning light.

The fog lamps are also available in LED, according to preference. In conjunction with the LED headlamps, the rear light clusters also come as LED units.

Mini also revealed for the market launch of the new Mini Hardtop, the selection of exterior body finishes has been extended to include five new colors. The roof and exterior mirror caps can be finished in a contrasting color – white or black – as an option and at no extra cost. Roof rails are also available for the new Mini for the first time. Other ways of adding a touch of individual style include white or black bonnet stripes and Chrome Line for the exterior.

While the company did reveal acceleration numbers, it did not reveal any fuel consumption or weight figures. This new Mini is expected to better its predecessor in this matter, but we’ll have to wait until Mini reveals them officially to confirm.

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