The 2014 Mini hatchback previewed in official teaser and new spy shots - full technical details also revealed
Mark Tisshaw
12 November 2013

The 2014 Mini hatchback has been previewed in an official teaser image from the company.

Produced as part of a marketing campaign, the photo shows the production-ready car ahead of its official reveal on 18 November.

The all-new car has previously been photographed testing in Europe, with only front and rear bumper sections disguised. Both the standard Cooper and the Cooper S model have been caught in previous spy photos.

The new Mini features distinctive LED daytime running light rings that encircle the entire headlamp unit. As expected, the car carries far larger rear lights than before.

Cooper S models feature a number of the performance variant's traditional hallmarks, including a rear roof spoiler, a dual centrally-mounted exhaust arrangement and an air intake in the bonnet. The car appears to have grown slight with a longer front overhang than the current car.

Spy photos showing the car filming its launch advert have also been taken, just days after the first official technical details about the car had been revealed.

Petrol engines

Turbocharged, direct-injection three- and four-cylinder petrol engines will be offered as part of the range. The launch 1.5-litre 3-cylinder unit gets 134bhp and 162lb ft (170lb ft on overboost) from just 1250rpm. The launch 2.0-litre 4cyl unit, meanwhile, gets 189bhp and 206lb ft (221lb ft on overboost). Both engines rev to 6500rpm, with further variants planned for future release. 

Diesel engines 

The sole so-far confirmed diesel is a common-rail direct-injection 1.5-litre unit with 114bhp and peak torque of 199lb ft. Efficiency is said to improve by seven per cent over the 1.6-litre unit it replaces. All petrol and diesel engines will be offered with new manual and automatic gearboxes, with stop-start. 

Chassis

New front- and all-wheel drive UKL1 platform (which BMW will also use) will lead to “even more precise and sporty handling” with “further advances in the area of driving comfort”. Wider tracks feature, the front strut and multi-link rear suspension is made more rigid, lightweight materials are used, and unsprung masses reduced. Rear entry and boot space is also improved due to redesigned rear axle.

Adaptive dampers

Electronically adjustable dampers make their first appearance on a Mini. Two driving modes will be offered: one “emphatically sporty”, the other “balanced and comfortable”. These will be controlled by a switch in the interior. 

Steering, brakes

A next-generation electronic power steering system is said to “promote agility, driving safety and comfort”. A new torque-steer compensation system is fitted, which aims to reduce torque-steer issues powerful front-drive Minis have previously suffered from. A new braking system is said to be lighter and have improved friction.

Body

Despite a clear increase in size shown in the undisguised spy pictures, Mini says weight has been reduced. High-strength steels are used in key parts of the body to reduce weight, improve safety and increase agility.

Safety

An active bonnet is a new standard safety feature for the Mini 3. The bonnet is automatically raised in the event of a collision with a pedestrian at speeds between 12mph and 34mph. Extra crumple zones also feature. 

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30 September 2013

Except the bonnet thing. How much does that feature add to cost and weight? In the entire history of the BMW Mini, how many lives would have been saved/injuries reduced by this feature? Close to zero I'd say.

Aussie Rob - a view from down under

30 September 2013
Aussierob wrote:

Except the bonnet thing. How much does that feature add to cost and weight? In the entire history of the BMW Mini, how many lives would have been saved/injuries reduced by this feature? Close to zero I'd say.

I tend to agree. I know its a much bigger car, but it would be interesting to know why Skoda have recently dropped this feature from the Superb.

As far as the size and packaging issues go, after 9 years with a first then second generation MINI I have no complaints. There is loads of space for front seat passengers, fine for an occasional third, and the folding rear seats mean I've always been able to accommodate anything I've needed to carry. I suspect a lot of the customers for the MINI use their cars in this way. And, as a long-legged and big-footed driver I find nothing else in this sector (and some larger vehicles) have as much adjustability at the wheel. Many other vehicles appear to offer more rear seat legroom, but often its because they restrict the rearward travel of the front seats, so no good for me.

The lower powered models will undoubtedly follow in due course: It was the same with the second generation, where the One did not appear until about 6 months or so after the Cooper.

30 September 2013
Aussierob wrote:

Except the bonnet thing. How much does that feature add to cost and weight? In the entire history of the BMW Mini, how many lives would have been saved/injuries reduced by this feature? Close to zero I'd say.

Makes no difference. The Bonnet has to give the same pedestrian impact tests with and without the air intake.

30 September 2013

I'm getting one anyway! Perfect for Sydney traffic. Can't wait to get the new auto gearbox, sure to be an improvement on my current CVT one, steptronic name or not.
Wouldn't take it on the highways, all the same. Have a Maloo for that!

Aussie Rob - a view from down under

30 September 2013
Aussierob wrote:

I'm getting one anyway! Perfect for Sydney traffic. Can't wait to get the new auto gearbox, sure to be an improvement on my current CVT one, steptronic name or not.
Wouldn't take it on the highways, all the same. Have a Maloo for that!

you must have a mk1 Bini because the Mk2's since 06 have used a 6 spd Aisin Tq convertor auto which isnt too bad.

30 September 2013

the Mini One is being dropped then as that is quite a power hike for the bottom of the range engine.

30 September 2013
owenmahamilton wrote:

the Mini One is being dropped then as that is quite a power hike for the bottom of the range engine.

The article says that there will be other variants if the engines. I seriously doubt that the one or even the first will be dropped. They sell surprisingly well, especially to younger people looking at low rate finance.

30 September 2013

I trust useable interior space increase will be a reality as promised. Such an increase is much needed and long overdue. Unless it is improved it will be yet another instance of middle aged spread without practical advantage from a German (owned) manufacturer.

30 September 2013

"2014 Mini technology revealed" ... Engines, chassis/body, suspension, steering, brakes, safety ... Hardly 'genie from a bottle' stuff ... I would wager that 99.9% of other car manufacturers are looking at these rather important aspects of an automobile ...

30 September 2013

No mention of the price though eh?

Peter Cavellini.

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