BMW has confirmed that it is increasing the production volume of its Mini models and that from six, there will be 10 models in the lineup. According to insiders, Mini will offer a five-door station wagon, a van and maybe even a notchback sedan by 2020. This station wagon model will be built on a new BMW Group front-wheel-drive platform that would be introduced with the second-generation Mini Cooper hardtop in 2014.
This van will be built on the same platform used by the Mini Countryman. In the first quarter of 2013, the Paceman (a coupe version of the four-door Countryman crossover) will have its launch in the U.S. It first appeared at the 2011 Detroit auto show where it made its debut as a concept.
Harald Krueger, BMW's board member responsible for Mini, said that its production plans will be concentrated on the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
By the end of 2015, BMW will invest $388 million in its United Kingdom operations. Last month, BMW said that it is thinking about producing vehicles at Mitsubishi's NedCar plant in the Netherlands, where Mitsubishi will end its output at the end of 2012.
The new MINI Cooper is still very fresh, as it has just been months since it was launched. But that didn’t preclude the British premium brand to further expand its vehicle lineup by offering a new body variant -- the MINI 5-door. This five-door model still offers the refinement, unique character and the hallmark driving fun of being a MINI, but with a higher level of practicality and more space. Likewise, the MINI 5-door still features the distinctive exterior design of the MINI 3-door, but has more space and two rear doors.
The extra space and practically is thanks to the fact that the MINI 5-door is around 161 mm longer than the MINI Cooper 3-door. Moreover, the wheelbase of the MINI 5-door is also around 72 mm longer than the MINI Cooper 3-door – allowing designers to make the new body roomier than its counterpart. This extra space allowed the MINI 5-door to offer rear passengers – seated in three separate seats -- with ample liberty, which is boosted by the extra headroom (plus 15 mm) and wider cabin (plus 61 mm) at elbow height. As for the cargo space, the MINI 5-door offer 278 liters of luggage capacity, or around 67 liters more than the new MINI 3-door. Since the rear-backrest features a 60:40 folding split, the MINI 5-door offers a cargo room of up to 941 liters, when the rear seats are folded.
Once the MINI Cooper 5-door is launched, the new MINI range will feature a fuel consumption figure (combined) of between 3.6 l/100 km and 5.9 l/100 km. The range will also offer carbon dioxide emissions of between 95 g/km and 136 g/km, which means that all models comply with EU6 exhaust emission standard.
Customers could choose between four engines – all featuring MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology. One of these is three-cylinder petrol engine that provides 100 kW (136 hp) for the MINI Cooper 5-door. Second is the four-cylinder petrol engine that delivers 141 kW (192 hp) for the MINI Cooper S 5-door.
An 85 kW (116 hp) three-cylinder diesel engine powers the new MINI Cooper D 5-door while a new 125 (170 hp) 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel power unit is found inside the MINI Cooper SD 5-door.