HEADED FOR SA: Mini’s five-door Cooper and Cooper S hatchbacks will arrive in South Africa later in 2014. The JCW variant will follow in 2015. Image: Mini
PARIS, France - Ahead of its South African introduction, Mini’s first five-door hatchback, the new Cooper, will be on display at the 2014 Paris auto show on October 4.
Given its rivals, two extra doors might not sound to impressive but for the new five-door marks the first time Mini competes in this segment in its 55-year history, expanding its current range to eight models.
Like its three-door sibling, from November 2014 the Mini five-door will be available locally in two variants, Cooper and Cooper S, with a choice of six-speed manual and six-speed auto. High-performance JCW versions will arrive locally in 2015.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 Mini five-door
The Cooper will be sold from R305 000 for the manual and R321 900 for the auto, while the Cooper S will retail for R374 052 and R395 443 (auto).
NOT SO MINI, MINI
The body is 3.98m long, 1.72m wide and 1.42m tall. This makes it 161mm longer and 11mm taller than its three-door sibling.
The wheelbase has been extended by 72mm to 2.56m, while the track remains unchanged. The
new hatchback offers 15mm more headroom, 61mm more interior width and 67 extra litres of boot space for a total of 278 litres.
The Cooper’s three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine is capable of 100kW and 220Nm from (230Nm with overboost). It reaches 100km/h in 8.2 seconds (8.1 auto), has a claimed top speed of 207km/h and an average fuel consumption of about 4.8-litres/100km. CO2 emissions 109 – 111g/km.
The Cooper S has a four-cylinder two-litre petrol engine producing 141kW/280Nm (300Nm with overboost). It reaches 100km/h in 6.9 seconds (6.8 auto) and has a claimed top speed of 232km/h and fuel consumption of 6-litres/100km. CO2 emissions are rated at 136-139g/km (125-128g/km auto).
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MINI’S STUNNING CONCEPT
The 2014 Paris auto show will also host a stunning concept – the Mini Superleggera Vision.
A collaborative venture with Mini and Italian design and body manufacturing specialist, Touring Superleggera, the concept is a compact roadster, Mini says, that “focuses entirely on the essentials - driving fun and aesthetic appeal.”
GALLERY: 2014 Mini Superleggera Vision
“The hand-built roadster is a modern interpretation of a classic open-top two-seater. Its minimalist yet highly emotional design combines British style and Italian flair.”
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