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Mini family set to grow

BMW bosses are planning to create a large, extended family of cars with the second generation of the iconic small car, codenamed R56.

There are said to be 13 Minis on the drawing board, including two-door speedster and coupe, a three-door SUV and Clubman and a five-door MiniVan. The second generation Mini will be slightly bigger than its predecessor when launched next year, while remaining faithful to the original design. The current DaimlerChrysler engines will be replaced with new units co-developed by PSA.

The petrol line-up at launch is expected to be: 1.4 75bhp and 90bhp,1.6 110bhp, 140bhp and 170bhp.

Once the diesel engine deal with Toyota expires, they will be replaced by PSA versions, potentially 1.6-litre 90 and 110bhp engines.



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