The new generation of the MINI has been officially unveiled ahead of its public debut which was scheduled for the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show debut.
After leaking in a couple of images just hours before its unveil, the 2014 MINI is finally here and its body is now 98 mm longer, 44 mm wider and 7 mm taller than the outgoing version, while the wheelbase now stands at 2,495 mm, 42 mm more. The track widths have been also enlarged, by 42 mm in the front and 34 mm in the rear. The new MINI is offering more space in the cabin and 211 liter of cargo space, which basically means 30 percent more.
The 2014 MINI Cooper will take its power from a 1.5 liter three-cylinder unit, with its 134 HP (100 kW) and 170 lb-ft of torque, with overboost, which can burn 4.4L / 100 km of fuel (62.8 mpg UK / 52.2 mpg US) and emit 105 g/km of CO2. The 2014 MINI Cooper D is getting a 1.5 liter diesel engine under its hood, producing 114 HP (85 kW) and 269 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque, helping it burn 3.5L / 100 km (80.7 mpg UK / 67.1 mpg US), while emitting 92 g/km.
Last but not least, the 2014 MINI Cooper S will use a 2.0 liter turbocharged gasoline engine, whihc is producing a total output of 189 HP (141 kW) and 221 lb-ft of torque, with overboost. This version can return 5.6L / 100 km (49.6 mpg UK / 41.3 mpg US) and emit 133 g/km of CO2. These three engines will send power to the front-wheel drive through a 6-speed manual or to a 6-speed automatic transmission, which will become available as an option. A sport version of the automatic gearbox will become available too, with quicker shift times and paddle shifters.
The 2014 MINI is riding on the UKL1 platform, made by BMW, and it’s the first vehicle in its segment to get full LED headlights and taillights. The British based automaker says that the Variable Damper Control will become available as an option and the Cooper and Cooper D will get standard 15-inch alloy wheels, while the Cooper S will receive 16-inch rims, but for more money, customers will be able to order alloy wheels up to 18-inch in size.
MINI also says that the new generation will get a large 8.8-inch infotainment system, operable through two controllers similar to the iDrive, and the model is also getting better materials in the cabin and lost of assistance systems. As far as the price goes, the 2014 MINI Cooper will start at 15,300 GBP, the 2014 MINI Cooper D will cost 16,450 GBP and the top of the line 2014 MINI Cooper S will set you back for 18,650 GBP.