2015 Mini Hatch Makes L.A. Debut after London and Tokyo
Nov 22, 2013 16:52
The all-new Mini hatch was presented on three continents in three days. It debuted in London on November 18, followed by appearances at the Tokyo Motor Show and the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The LA show was a pretty important venue for Mini, as North America is Mini's largest market. Mini sold more than 55,000 cars on the continent this year alone, and looks like it's about to set a new sales record next year.
Mini's 2015 hatch is expected to boost sales. The new Mini is longer, wider and taller, promising a roomier interior especially for rear passengers. Its design didn't vary much, but there are important changes under the hood.
The new Mini is based on BMW's newly developed UKL1 platform, and is available with a new generation of 1.5-liter 3-cylinder and 2.0-liter 4-cylinder twin-turbocharged gasoline engines.
When it launches, customers have three options: the Mini Cooper with 134HP (136PS) from the 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine, the Mini Cooper S with 189HP (192PS) from the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, and Mini Cooper D with 114HP (116PS) from a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder diesel engine. All three models will be offered as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox (a six-speed auto is optional).
The new Mini Cooper is priced from €19,700 ($26,525) in Germany, while the Cooper D and Cooper S start from €21,450 ($28,882) and €23,800 ($32,050), respectively.
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