Cawley-based British automaker introduced their third generation MINI at the beginning of the year with the release of the 3 Door model. For a company that mastered the art of making countless versions of the same model, five months is a long wait without a new version. By introducing company’s first ever 5 Door car this week, MINI has shown their intention to expand range of body-styles.
The main difference between the three door and five door is the expanded wheel base. Five door wheelbase measures 2,567 mm (101 inches). Extra 2.8 inches in the cabin created more space for rear three seats by providing more of everything – legroom, foot space, headroom and even elbow height. End to end five door measures 157 inches that is 6.3 inches longer than the three door.
A total of four MINI 5 Door versions will be available at the launch, two each with gasoline and diesel Turbo engines. Two gasoline engine versions are MINI Cooper with a 136 hp 3-cylinder and MINI Cooper S with a 192 hp 4-cylinder. MINI Cooper D and MINI Cooper SD come with diesel engines that offer 3-cylinder engine with 116 hp and 4-cylinder with 170 hp respectively. All models get 6-speed manual transmission as standard with upgrade options available for 6-speed Steptronic transmission or Steptronic sports transmission. Of the four, Cooper S generates the most power and accelerate from 0-60 in just 6.5 seconds.
Standard features include electromechanical power steering, dynamic stability control and model-specific spring and damper set-up. MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper D gets 15-inch alloy wheels as part of the standard trim while MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper SD comes with 16-inch wheels.
MINI 5 Door is scheduled to arrive at US dealers towards the end of the year with deliveries in 2015. Price is expected to be around $1,000 more than the 3 door.
Source: BMW Group