The split front grille is much larger at the top
The all-new Mini has been shown in Tokyo, ahead of a second reveal in LA
A six speed manual, six-speed automatic and paddle-shift transmission is available
Aluminium and high-strength steel has been used in the new Mini's construction
A 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit, developing 189bhp and 206lb ft is also available
Leaked images of the new car have already appeared online
The model has also been seen virtually undisguised in a series of spy photos
A range of turbocharged direct-injection three and four-cylinder engines will be available at launch
They include 1.5-litre three-cylinder unit developing 134bhp and 162lb ft of torque
Further variants are planned for release further down the line.
The sole diesel engine to be confirmed so far is a a 1.5-litre common-rail direct-injection unit with 114bhp and 199lb ft
The car was revealed at Mini's plant in Oxford
Mini says it has improved the efficiency of the diesel engine over the old model by as much as seven per cent
BMW says its construction methods on the new Mini have saved weight
Variable damper control is just one of the options available
The adaptive dampers offer two settings, comfort and sport
New large circular headlights feature a ring of LED lights
The lights are inspired by the Rocketman concept of 2011
Footwells are larger all round, offering more space for passengers
The new Mini features a range of passive and active safety tech
The interior of the car uses the same blend of retro styling and modern technology
The new Mini features technology including radar guided cruise control
Many functions can now be controlled from the steering wheel
The all-new Mini is based on BMW's UKL1 platform
Both standard and hotter Cooper versions have been seen
This is the third generation of the Mini hatchback
Retro switchgear can be seen in the cabin
The three-door hatchback has evolved in terms of styling
Though the overall shape will be familiar to current Mini drivers
Mini calls the new model 'completely new from the ground up'
Prices for the new car will start at £15,300
The car will go on sale in the UK next spring
The initial range will consist of Cooper, Cooper D and Cooper S models
More variants are expected to be launched further down the line
The new model will get a double debut at the Tokyo and LA motor shows this week
The new car is 3821mm long by 1727mm wide ans 1414mm high
That’s 98mm longer, 44mm wider and 7mm taller than its predecessor
The new Mini has a wheelbase of 2495mm
New technology, including LED DRL lights, are incorporated onto the new car
The new Mini has grown in size over the old model
Mini also reports interior space has increased
Boot capacity in the new Mini is up by 30 per cent, to 211 litres
Each engine in the launch range is turbocharged
Lower-powered engines are likely to follow later in 2014
Electric window switches are now located in the door trims, instead of the base of the centre console
New Mini will continue to offer buyers an array of personalisation options
Quintessentially British feel to the Mini stand
The new F56-generation three-door hatchback has evolutionary styling, increased dimensions, a host of new technology and, most important, a new platform and a range of new three-cylinder engines that will also be used in BMW models.
The new Mini was unveiled on Monday at the firm’s Oxford factory today before its motor show appearances. It will go on sale in the UK next spring, with the initial range of Cooper, Cooper D and Cooper S models priced from £15,300.
Mini calls the new model “completely new from the ground up”, the result of which is “a Mini that is distinctly familiar but enhanced in every single way”.
The new Mini is 3821mm long, 1727mm wide and 1414mm high. That’s 98mm longer, 44mm wider and 7mm taller than its predecessor. The wheelbase is up by 42mm to 2495mm and track widths increase by 42mm at the front and 34mm at the rear. The result of these increased dimensions is improved cabin space. Boot space is also up 30 per cent to 211 litres.
The all-new engine line-up at launch features a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol unit in the Cooper, a 1.5-litre three-cylinder diesel in the Cooper D and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol in the Cooper S.
Each engine is turbocharged, has a stop-start system, complies with Euro 6 emissions regulations, offers peak power and torque lower in the rev range than its predecessor and is up to 27 per cent more fuel efficient than the engine that it replaces.
The £15,300 Cooper has outputs of 134bhp and 162lb ft. Its combined economy is 62.8mpg and CO2 emissions are 105g/km. The £16,450 Cooper D’s figures are 114bhp, 199lb ft, 80.7mpg and 92g/km. For the range-topping, £18,650 Cooper S, they are 189bhp, 206lb ft, 49.6mpg and 133g/km.
Three all-new transmissions in the front-wheel-drive model are offered. A six-speed manual is standard, and it comes with a rev-matching system on downshifts. A six-speed automatic is optional on all models. This increases CO2 emissions, but it still dips below 100g/km in the Cooper D auto, with a figure of 98g/km. A sports version of the auto is also optional, with shorter shift times, paddle shifters and rev matching on downshifts.
Mini has yet to confirm other engines, but lower-powered triples in the One and One D are likely to follow later in 2014, as well as a higher-powered diesel for the Cooper SD and a more potent version of the Cooper S’s engine in the JCW.
Underpinning the third-gen Mini is a new BMW-engineered platform called UKL1. It will be used to underpin the entire new Mini range, as well as a suite of new front-wheel-drive BMWs, starting with the 2-series Active Tourer mini-MPV, which is due on sale in the UK next summer after being unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March.
The platform will be available in various different wheelbase lengths and track widths. It will support all-wheel drive and various hybrid and electric drivetrains. MacPherson strut suspension features at the front, with a new version of BMW’s Z-axle multi-link set-up at the rear.
The use of aluminium and high-strength steel in the suspension reduces weight and improves rigidity, according to Mini, and results in “intensified” handling, improved acoustic refinement and fewer road vibrations. Extensive testing of the new car, which weighs 1085kg in base Cooper form, has taken place on UK roads.
Variable Damper Control is optional, the first time that adaptive dampers have been offered on a Mini. These offer two set-ups: Comfort and Sport. The Cooper and Cooper D ride on 15-inch alloy wheels as standard. The Cooper S sits on 16s. Alloys of up to 18 inches are on the options list.
The design is instantly recognisable as a ‘new’ Mini, with more distinctive front and rear ends and sharper creases in the bodywork. The proportions have altered slightly due to the increased dimensions and front overhang caused by the adoption of the UKL1 platform.
The split front grille is much larger at the top and a more sculpted front bumper is adopted. The larger circular headlights feature a ring of LED lights, something inspired by the Rocketman concept from 2011. Full LED headlights feature for the first time in the segment.
In profile, the roofline tapers down slightly towards the rear and the waistline slightly up for a wedge-shaped look, akin to the Mini Paceman. At the rear, the evolved look includes new LED rear light clusters.
Mini claims that the increased size allows space for four adults and their luggage. The footwells are larger and there is more shoulder room for passengers, as well as bigger front seats with greater adjustability. The rear bench can be split 60/40. It also features tilt adjustment when an optional storage pack is specified.
The design of interior is also recognisable as a Mini, albeit one with a more mature look and higher-quality materials. The circular theme remains, not least on the centre console, which features a screen of up to 8.8 inches in size to display all the infotainment. This is controlled via a choice of two BMW iDrive-style controllers.
Most of the key driver information, including the analogue speedometer, has shifted from the large central display and directly into the driver’s eyeline.
Another notable feature is the rehousing of the electric front window switches in the door trims from the toggles at the base of the centre console.
The extensive options list includes a host of personalisation, comfort, connectivity, convenience and driver-assistance features.