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2013-09-30 09:44

NEXT-GENERATION ENGINE: Fans of Mini can look forward to three and four-cyclinder 2.0 TwinPower Turbos in next-generation models. Image: MINI

The next Mini generation will come with improvements to power and reliability as the automaker switches to two-litre TwinPower turbocharged three and four-cylinder engines.
   
The latest innovations in drive-trains for the UK-assembled Mini range, as well as chassis and crash protection systems, will see future Mini models build on its segment-leading position. Since 1959, the unmistakable kart feeling has been at heart of the automaker's DNA.

For its next-generation models, Mini says it "seeks to set standards for the future in developing vehicles and technologies that transform driving into a unique experience".

'SYNONYMOUS WITH THE MINI'

Future Minis will be the first to use three and four-cylinder engines as the automaker attempts to cover a broader performance spectrum. Working with BMW, it believes the new engines "will performance characteristics synonymous with the Mini driving experience".

Mini will also introduce electronically adjustable shock-absorbers for the first time. Their electronic control valves will allow vehicles to adapt to uneven road surfaces. Depending on the driver’s preference, a decidedly sporty drive train - or something less harsh -  comfortable can be selected.
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