New generation MINI makes debut, Indian launch set for 2014

Friday 22 November 2013, 11:39 AM by

BMW owned marquee brand, MINI recently unveiled its new generation hatchbacks at the Oxford plant of the company in United Kingdom. The third generation of MINI cars retains some the original elements of its series and is distinct yet familiar in its design. The changes made to the car are both cosmetic and mechanical in nature. However, the visual changes given to it are of a smaller extent. It is reported that the new generation of MINI vehicles might be introduced in India by 2014. Sources are citing that the production of car will start at BMW India's Chennai plant.

Speaking on the occasion, Harald Krueger, BMW Group’s Board Member for Production, was quoted as saying, “In our Oxford plant's centenary year, we are continuing the MINI brand success story and today starting production of the third model generation. Our total investment of £750 million in our British production locations of Oxford, Swindon and Hams Hall between 2012 and 2015 underscores the importance of the MINI production triangle within our global production network. The UK is the heart of MINI production, thanks to the experience, competence and strong commitment of all our employees.”

New generation MINI makes debut, Indian launch set for 2014 |
New generation MINI makes debut, Indian launch set for 2014

In the new models, major changes given to the car include LED lights and a larger front grille. Also to mention, the car bears new dimensions as it is 98 mm longer, 44 mm wider and 7 mm taller as compared to the outgoing model. At interiors, a reworked dashboard with new instrument cluster panel is offered by MINI. The large retro circle that is used as a multi-function display bears small changes. As the dimensions of the car have changed now, it has ample space for keeping the luggage.

Talking about engine configurations, the new MINI hatch will be available in three engine options that derive higher fuel efficiency and power. The company has offered two petrol engines apart from a diesel powertrain. The 3-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol unit generates 134 bhp of power while giving away 220 Nm of torque. While the MINI Cooper D hatch is equipped with a 3-cylinder 1.5-litre diesel unit that churns out 114 bhp of power besides from attaining 270 Nm of torque. In case of the top-specification trim, Cooper S, MINI has given a 4-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol engine that gives away power and torque output figures of 189 bhp and 300 Nm. Reportedly, all the engines are equipped with a TwinTurbo technology.

Keeping in mind about the personal preferences of driver, MINI has given three transmission choices. The 6-speed gearbox comes as standard while one can also choose a 6-speed automatic one. Under the third option, potential customers of MINI can go for the sports-automatic transmission, which propagates faster shifts along with the paddler shifters mounted on the steering wheel. In India, MINI's hatchbacks competes against the likes of Mercedes-Benz A-Class and B-Class models. As told by a company official, MINI India has sold about 300 units in the last fiscal and the company is looking forward to sell more this year.

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