From the three-pot engines and transmissions to the platform and technology, everything on the third-gen Mini is completely new.
The all-new F56-generation Mini has been unveiled at the carmaker’s Oxford factory ahead of its simultaneous public debuts at the Tokyo and LA motor shows. The new three-door hatch is “completely new from the ground up” with evolutionary styling and increased dimensions resulting in improved cabin and boot space. A range of new three-cylinder engines features a 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline unit in the Cooper rated at 134 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque, and a 1.5-liter three-pot diesel in the Cooper D good for 114 hp and 199 lb-ft.
The range-topping Cooper is motivated by a new 2.0-liter four-pot that generates 189 hp and 206 lb-ft. All engines are turbocharged and mated to a choice of three all-new transmissions: a six-speed manual as standard, an optional six-speed automatic and a sports version of the auto with shorter shift times and paddle shifters. Other engines will follow including a high-powered diesel for the Cooper SD and a potent variant of the Cooper S’ engine for the JCW. Underpinning the entire new Mini range is a new BMW-developed platform called UKL1, which supports all-wheel drive as well as hybrid and electric drivetrains, and will be used on upcoming front-wheel-drive BMWs.
Although the new platform has altered the Mini’s proportions and front overhang, the design is immediately recognizable as the new Mini with restyled front and rear fasciae and distinctive circular headlights featuring a ring of LED lights. A circular theme continues to dominate the interior, which comes with an 8.8-inch infotainment screen and high-quality trim. For the first time, the Mini comes with adaptive dampers with Variable Damper Control offering Comfort and Sport. 15-inch alloys come as standard, the Cooper S gets 16s, and 18 inches come as an option.