BMW Group has chosen the LA Auto Show to officially unveil the all-new 2014 MINI Cooper before it goes on sale next year. Details about the release date, pricing and full specs have also been announced.
The Rocketman concept gives a lot of fresh ideas to the new generation Cooper and the automaker said that it’s completely new, even though the overall design is not getting a lot of changes compared to the current model.
The 2014 MINI Cooper will be available in three different models when the car is released next spring, including the base model (gasoline), Cooper D (diesel) and Cooper S (gasoline). All three models are powered by a MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology with stop/start technology and have passed the Euro 6 emissions test.
Standard gearbox offered by MINI is a six-speed manual, but buyers can also order a six-speed automatic gearbox that will be available only as optional. While the sport version will reportedly be available with quick-shift gearbox featuring paddle shifters, but especially for models equipped with an automatic transmission.
Under the hood, the entry-level 2014 MINI Cooper comes with a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine that can develop up to 136 horsepower at 4,500 – 6,000 rpm and 220 Nm of torque at 1,250 – 4,000 rpm (230 Nm with overboost). This three-cylinder gasoline engine allows the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 7.9 seconds with the standard manual gearbox before hitting a top speed of 210 km/h (manual/automatic).
With automatic transmission, 0-100 km/h will be completed in 7.8 seconds. Speaking of fuel economy ratings, the base model with a six-speed manual transmission has an average fuel consumption of about 4.5 – 4.6 liters/100 km with CO2 emissions ranging from 105 to 107 g/km. While the automatic version would spend 4.7 to 4.8 liters/100 km with average CO2 emissions of 105 – 107 g/km.
Next, MINI offers a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo diesel engine in the Cooper D variants, which is claimed to produce up to 116 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 270 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. If using a standard manual transmission, it can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 9.2 seconds (automatic version also takes 9.2 seconds) and a top speed of 205 km/h (automatic version: 204 km/h).
Equipped with a manual gearbox, the average fuel consumption will reach 3.5 – 3.6 liters/km with CO2 emissions of 92 – 95 g/km. While the automatic version is rated at 3.7 – 3.8 liters/100 km and CO2 emissions ranging from 98 – 99 g/km.
The last option, the range-topping Cooper S is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that develops peak output of up to 192 horsepower at 4,700 – 6,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 280 Nm at 1,250 – 4,750 rpm (300 Nm with overboost). Cooper S can complete the 0-100 km/h in 6.8 seconds with the six-speed manual gearbox and a top speed reaches 235 km/h.
But if using an automatic transmission, 0-100 km/h will be completed in 6.7 seconds before hitting its top speed at 233 km/h. According to MINI, the average fuel consumption for models with manual transmission is 5.7 – 5.8 liters/km with CO2 emissions reach 133 – 136 g/km. As for the automatic transmission model will reach 5.2 to 5.4 liters/km and CO2 emissions of 122 – 125 g/km.
The 2014 model year has the overall exterior dimensions as follows: 3,821mm length (3,850mm for Cooper S), 1,727mm width, 1,414mm height and 2,495mm wheelbase. The new Cooper and Cooper D variants will get 15-inch alloy wheels as standard, while the Cooper S version will be equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, but you can also order an optional 18-inch wheel.
Variable Damper Control is also available as an optional, offering two different set-ups that include Comfort and Sport. The 2014 MINI Cooper is based on BMW’s UKL1 platform that offers full LED headlights and taillights. While the interior is equipped with an 8.8-inch multimedia system featuring two controllers similar to BMW’s iDrive system, but especially for the top-spec models.
Speaking about the release date, the all-new 2014 MINI Cooper is scheduled to arrive in UK dealerships next spring with an initial price of £15,300 (GBP) for the base model. Cooper D will start at £16,450 (GBP), while the range-topping Cooper S will go on sale at a price of £18,650 (GBP).