After being unveiled in November, further details are announced for the 2014 Mini.
If you haven’t seen the reveal, the exterior is newly refined with a hexagonal radiator grille, new headlamps and rear light clusters with wide chrome surround, and turn indicators and peripheral body surround reinterpreted in black and given additional emphasis. It will also be available in five exterior paint finishes, and a contrasting roof color option at no extra charge.
The new MINI also gets a new generation of engines with TwinPower Turbo Technology. At launch, three model variants will be available — the standard with a 136-hp 3-cylinder engine with acceleration of 0-60 in 7.8 seconds and top speed of 130 mph; the Cooper S with 192-hp 4-cylinder engine with acceleration of 0-60 in 6.8 seconds and top speed of 146 mph; and MINI Cooper D with 3-cylinder diesel engine recording 114-hp with acceleration of 0-60 in 9.2 seconds and top speed of 128 mph.
6-speed manual transmission is standard, with optional 6-speed automatic transmission or sports automatic transmission, also newly developed.
A rotary switch activates the Driving Modes option, including the standard setting MID mode, as well as SPORT and GREEN modes, which influence the characteristic curve of the accelerator and steering, as well as the shift times of the automatic transmission. For example, GREEN mode in conjunction with automatic transmission enables coasting with decoupled drivetrain.
The 2014 MINI Cooper goes on sale this spring. The base model will start at $19,950, while the Cooper S will start at $23,600.