The Mini Cooper Electric showcased the new Mini design language but the one that most Mini enthusiasts have been waiting for is the petrol powered models and now the wait is over.
The front design retains the wheels at each corner look pioneered by the original Mini. The new octagonal grille with its filigree contours defines the MINI Cooper’s characteristic face even more.
Horizontal LED daytime running lights are further enhanced by three selectable light signatures with MINI LED headlights standard and redesigned matrix rear lights. The Mini Cooper S does without the faux air scoop on the bonnet with just an S motif on the grille differentiating the Cooper S from the lesser Cooper C.
New, aerodynamically optimised designs are available for the 16-inch to 18-inch aluminium rims. An exclusive option in conjunction with the Favoured Trim package is the Spray-Tech design of the distinctive Multitone Roof.
The rear does without twin exhaust as has been the norm, something which might upset the Vrrr Phhaa gang.
The interior is one area where the new Mini will please young dynamic buyers with completely new layout. The MINI Cooper’s elegant, minimalist interior design is inspired by the classic Mini. The new steering wheel, the round OLED Display, the typical MINI toggle bar and the two-tone textile dashboard create a sense of spaciousness in the cockpit. Clean lines are the hallmark of the modern interior with its generous amount of space. The panoramic glass roof adds to the bright and friendly atmosphere.
The MINI Interaction Unit has been moved closer to the driver in the MINI Cooper cockpit. The diameter of the high-resolution, thin OLED display with high-quality glass edge is 240 mm. Its operating logic is similar to that of a smartphone and can be operated intuitively by touch. Optional Harman Kardon sound is also available.
Relevant vehicle-related information, such as speed and fuel consumption, is displayed at the top of the screen. In the main menu, the functions are arranged horizontally as widgets and can be selected by swipe and touch. In the lower area of the OLED display, the menu items Navigation, Media, Telephone and Climate can be selected directly at any time.
The most important driving functions (parking brake, gear selector, start/stop key, experience mode toggle, volume control) are directly accessible via the distinctive toggle bar. The gear selector in the center console makes way for the new Wireless Charging Shelf 2.0. Smartphones can be stored here and charged wirelessly.
By folding down the rear seat in a 60:40 ratio, the luggage compartment can be flexibly expanded from 210 litres to provide a volume of up to 800 litres.
Powering the new Mini are two petrol engines with the Cooper C getting a 1.5 litre Turbo 3-cylinder engine credited with 115 kW/230 Nm. Fuel efficiency is claimed at 5.9 l/100 km. 0 to 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds. With an output of 150 kW/300Nm, the four-cylinder engine of the MINI Cooper S accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds ( 6.1 l/100 km). Drive is to the front wheels via BMW’s automatic transmissions. The MINI Cooper is equipped with a suspension and damping system designed for agile handling. The precise typical MINI steering combined with powerful brakes ensures a high level of driving pleasure, safety and comfort.