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The 2014 Mini Cooper

The 2014 Mini CooperThe upcoming MINI for 2014 will be based on a brand new ‘UKL1’ front-wheel drive platform, developed in partnership with BMW will include a new range of models, with the Countryman, Paceman, Clubman, Coupe and Roadster models all being updated. The third generation of the MINI Cooper will also include the following key design changes:

  • A hexagonal radiator grille
  • Blacked out pillars
  • Auxiliary lights mounted in the grille
  • Round LED headlights
  • ‘Corona’ ring shaped daytime running lights integrated with headlights
  • Bigger jewel style tail-lights integrated into the boot lid
  • A lower bumper fitting around twin exhaust pipes
  • The MINI badge moves from the bodywork to the chrome strip above the number plate
  • The Cooper S model will include an air intake in the bonnet and small front roof spoiler

The range will include a 134 horsepower petrol 1.5 litre three-cylinder engined model as well as a 114bhp diesel version. The 2.0 litre Cooper S version will have a four cylinder configuration, delivering 189 horsepower and 206 pound feed of torque while there will be a John Cooper Works model tuned to 220bhp.

All cars are rumoured to be significantly faster than the Mark 2, with MINI promising big savings in efficiency gained via the use of lightweight high-strength materials and metals in the chassis, engine and interior. The gearbox options will be the six speed manual version using engine speed matching shift technology from parent company BMW while the automatic transmission will prepare for inclines and declines as well as corner types using a GPS based gear selection system.

The Coopers sporty handling will be enhanced with a wider front and rear track as well as stiffer suspension arms, coupled with adaptive dampers to increase ride comfort and everyday driveability. The adaptive dampers will a first for MINI, offering Sport and Comfort settings available from inside the cabin via a switch.

The 2014 MINI will also incorporate improved safety technology, with a much stronger passenger cell, larger crumple zones front and rear plus a new bonnet that senses a collision and pops up to absorb more of the impact. On the inside, the trademark MINI central speedometer and dial arrangement is set to be replaced with a new information and entertainment screen, with design echoes from the traditional Mark 1 and Mark 2 speedometer styling.

2014 Mini Cooper Interior

The full launch of the 2014 MINI Cooper will be made on 18th November 2013 to coincide with and celebrate the 107th anniversary of the birth of Sir Alec Issigonis, the designer of the original Mini.  For new and used MINI Coopers (and other models) visit http://www.coopermini.co.uk/.

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