Engine range is overhauled; One Convertible now offered; facelift due in August
13 January 2010

Mini has reworked its range to boost engine power and efficiency, while a One Convertible is also being offered for the first time.

Other additions to the range include a new Minimalism trim level, which aims to offer fuel economy and low CO2 emissions without denting on driver involvement.

The biggest engine changes can be found in the Mini Cooper S model. Power in the turbocharged 1.6-litre unit has been increased by 9bhp to 181bhp, with peak torque of 177lb ft arriving at just 1600rpm. CO2 emissions have been cut by 13g/km to 136g/km and fuel economy is up to 40.6mpg. The Cooper S can get from 0-62mph in 7.0secs and reach a top speed of 141mph.

These power and efficiency improvements have mainly been achieved by the addition of BMW’s Valvetronic system, which optimises the engine’s response within fractions of a second.

Efficiency and performance has also been improved in the Cooper model, while the Mini One’s displacement has been increased from 1.4-litres to 1.6. This results in power being increased to 97bhp, a 3bhp rise, with emissions cut to 127g/km and fuel economy improving to 43.6mpg.

An entry-level Mini One Convertible is joining the range for the first time, which is powered by the same 97bhp 1.6 as its hatchback sibling. In Convertible guise, the One can get from 0-62mph in 11.3secs and reach a top speed of 114mph.

The final addition to the Mini range is the Minimalism trim level. This is only available on One models and is available with the 1.6-litre engine mated to a six-speed manual with either 75bhp or 98bhp. In either guise, the Minimalism has emissions of 119g/km and fuel consumption of 46mpg.

Eco features in this model include stop-start and a gearshift indicator. Distinguishable exterior features include new more aerodynamic wheels and Pepper White design touches on the front grille and wing mirrors.

Mini will also be facelifting its entire range in August, while in the same month, the PSA sourced-1.6-litre diesel engine is being dropped in favour of a BMW’s own 1.6-litre unit.

 

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13 January 2010

The changing of the MINI One engine to a 1.6 makes no sense, and I'd also be intersted to hear which 1.6 diesel engine BMW is donating to the replace the PSA 1.6 diesel, because as far as I know BMW don't make a 1.6 diesel.

The 16d in the 3-series and 1-series is a detuned 2.0 diesel, which I doubt would fit in the MINI engine bay.

13 January 2010

They have done very well to reduce the emissions, but it shows up with very weak power out puts for the 1.6 (75 & 97 bhp). BMW need help with small engines what they need is a 1.0 turbo with 75/97bhp ( the name MINI ONE would be even more appropiate then too). Other brands are going this way so i think BMW are behind in development.

13 January 2010

[quote J400uk]The 16d in the 3-series and 1-series is a detuned 2.0 diesel, which I doubt would fit in the MINI engine bay.[/quote]

I think it does - they're supposed to be launching a performance diesel Mini soon with the "23d" twin-turbo.

13 January 2010

To be honest I don't really see any of this article as been true, I'll believe it when I see it.

The PSA 1.4 VTi 95PS and 1.6 HDi 110PS engines are fantastic and suit the MINI very well, I just don't see BMW dropping them and replacing them with in-house engines.

13 January 2010

Sounds more like BMW running scared of the competition such as the A1.

They would do better by pricing the car more realistically.

13 January 2010

Brilliant! - just about to order a Cooper S as my next company car - now even happier about the 2% reduction in CC Tax :)

13 January 2010

The Mini is - and always will be - a girls car!

13 January 2010

[quote AudiTyg]

Sounds more like BMW running scared of the competition such as the A1.

They would do better by pricing the car more realistically.

[/quote] You think that the A1 will be cheaper? Mini is getting refreshed because BMW wants to keep its models up to date. When they first announced EfficientDynamics three years ago, Minis were the first to get it - and the second generation was only one year on the market. The A1 may threat Mini for its badge appeal, but an all other areas, it's just a pimped-up Polo.

13 January 2010

[quote zoomzoom]

The Mini is - and always will be - a girls car!

Any bloke contemplating owning one - have a word with yourself...

[/quote] Just curious, you're driving an SUV that runs on testosterone or?

13 January 2010

I am suprised it has taken BMW so long to fit a Valvetronic head onto the Mini's engines but this fits in with the potentially being put in the next gen 1 Series. The 1.6 Diesel is a new engine and will also be seen in the next gen 1 Series. The 2 litre diesel in both single and twin turbo is due for the performance Copper S derv as far as I am aware.

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