The public reveal for the third-generation Mini hatchback is getting closer, being scheduled for November, and now Mini has revealed the first official technical details.
The British manufacturer with German ownership promises to bring new technology and a new engine lineup to the third-generation car – both three and four-cylinder engines, turbocharged and with direct injection will be covering a broader performance spectrum.
Despite a clear increase in size, Mini says weight has been reduced. Also, an active bonnet is a new standard safety feature for the new Mini. The bonnet is automatically raised in the event of a collision with a pedestrian at speeds between 12mph and 34mph (20-55 km/h).
The launch 1.5-litre 3-cylinder unit gets 135 hp and 162 lb ft (170lb ft on overboost – 220/230 Nm) from just 1250rpm. The launch 2.0-litre 4 cylinder unit, meanwhile, gets 190 hp and 206 lb ft (221 lb ft on overboost – 280/300 Nm). Both engines rev up to 6500 rpm.
So far, the only diesel unit announced is a new common-rail direct-injection 1.5-litre unit with 115 hp and peak torque of 199 lb ft (270 Nm). The new unit should improve efficiency over the outgoing 1.6 by 7%. All petrol and diesel engines will be offered with new manual and automatic gearboxes, with stop-start.
The new front- and all-wheel drive UKL1 platform (which BMW will also use) will lead to “even more precise and sporty handling” with “further advances in the area of driving comfort”. Wider tracks feature, the front strut and multi-link rear suspension is made more rigid, lightweight materials are used, and masses reduced. Rear entry and boot space is also improved due to redesigned rear axle.
Making their first appearance on a Mini are the electronically adjustable dampers, with two driving modes: one “emphatically sporty”, the other “balanced and comfortable”. A next-generation electronic power steering system is said to “promote agility, driving safety and comfort”. A new torque-steer compensation system is fitted, which aims to reduce torque-steer issues powerful front-drive Minis have previously suffered from. A new braking system is said to be lighter and have improved friction.