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Next-gen Mini details

The new Mini will hit UK roads next month after a hugely successful first five and a half years for the brand.

BMW has kept many of the same design cues but has slightly tweaked ‘virtually every part of the car’ making for a slighter larger and chunkier look.

Every exterior panel is new, as is the whole of the interior. The engines are new and are built at BMW’s Oxford plant. There are new suspension set-ups, six-speed manual and automatic transmissions, and a bespoke electric steering system.

There will be a Sports button for the Cooper S and a sports suspension set-up available, as well as a new automatic transmission featuring paddle shifts.

Mini’s ‘tlc’servicing package will be retained.

The new Mini goes on sale on November 18.

Prices for the new Mini are yet to be announced. However, US prices were leaked yesterday, showing a $700 price hike for the Cooper and $400 increase for the S model. It would be unsurprising to see a rise in price for the UK models due to the increased amount of specification and increase in size.

The next generation Mini

Key details:

  • New British built 1.6-litre engine, naturally aspirated in the Cooper and turbocharged in the Cooper S developed with PSA Group
  • New front and rear suspension
  • New six-speed transmission
  • Six airbags
  • Remote control alarm
  • Top speed: Cooper 126mph; Cooper S 140mph
  • 0-62mph: Cooper 9.1 seconds; Cooper S 7.1 seconds
  • Combined fuel consumption: Cooper 48.7mpg; Cooper S 40.9mpg

    Standard spec: Cooper

  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Anti-roll bars front and rear, single-joint spring strut front axle and multiple control arm rear axle
  • Disc brakes all round - ventilated at front
  • ISOFIX for rear seats
  • Run-flat indicator
  • ABS, cornering brake control and Electronic Brake-force distribution
  • Third Brake Light
  • Smart Airbags, side airbags and head airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Safety belts with pretensioners
  • Crash sensor with fuel cut-off
  • Electronic immobiliser and Radio-controlled alarm
  • Radio controlled central locking, automatic at 10mph
  • Heated rear window and rear window wiper
  • Rear roof spoiler
  • Contrast roof and door mirrors
  • Chrome bezels around rear lights and headlights
  • Fine White Silver interior trim
  • Metal-look door sills with model designation
  • Three sun visors, two on drivers side
  • Driver seat height adjustment
  • Easy entry function
  • 50/50 Split folding rear seats
  • Ignition start/stop button
  • Electric front windows
  • Toolkit in boot
  • Rake and reach steering column adjustment
  • Front and rear headrests
  • Radio BOOST CD
  • AUX in point, for external audio devices

    Standard spec: Cooper S

  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Anti-roll bars front and rear, single-joint spring strut front axle and multiple control arm rear axle
  • Disc brakes all round - ventilated at front
  • ISOFIX for rear seats
  • Run-flat indicator
  • ABS, cornering brake control and electronic brake-force distribution
  • Automatic Stability Control and Traction (ASC+T)
  • Third brake light
  • Smart airbags, side airbags and head airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Safety belts with pretensioners
  • Crash sensor with fuel cut-off
  • Electronic immobiliser and radio-controlled alarm
  • Radio controlled central locking, automatic at 10mph
  • Heated rear window and rear window wiper
  • Rear roof spoiler
  • Contrast roof and door mirrors
  • Chrome bezels around rear lights and headlights
  • Fine White Silver interior trim
  • Metal-look door sills with model designation
  • Three sun visors, two on drivers side
  • Driver seat height adjustment
  • Easy entry function
  • Sports seats for driver and front passenger
  • 50/50 split folding rear seats
  • Two-spoke sports leather steering wheel
  • Ignition start/stop button
  • Electric front windows
  • Toolkit in boot
  • Rake and reach steering column adjustment
  • Front and rear headrests
  • Radio BOOST CD
  • AUX in point, for external audio devices
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