In a nutshell: slightly bigger, but lighter and more powerful.
Although it's not scheduled to have its official debut until November, Mini has just released some major details about the third generation Cooper. First up is its size. As expected, the new Mini is slightly larger than before, but it also weighs less thanks to extensive use of high-strength steel. It will have a wider track and the new multi-link rear suspension features high-tech electrically-controlled adjustable dampers that give the car a sportier driving experience. It also comes with more advanced brakes.
But the most important bit of information is the engine lineup. The Euro-spec Cooper comes with a standard 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder with 134 horsepower and 169 lb-ft of torque. The Cooper S packs a 2.0-liter turbo four with 189 hp and 221 lb-ft. Both engines feature an overboost function. An entry level model and the John Cooper Works edition will debut later on. A 1.5-liter three-cylinder diesel with 144 hp and 199 lb-ft will come first followed by a more powerful four-cylinder version. Buyers will have a choice between all-new manual and automatic gearboxes. We'll have complete details and photos in just a few weeks' time.