As British brand Mini becomes fully integrated into the BMW family, the all-new, Mk3 Mini family will get additional models and will soon have 10 individual models. The F56, Mini’s staple three-door hatch, is the first to arrive of the Mk3 Minis.
It will be introduced before 2012 ends and it’s expected to start selling in 2013. By the middle of 2012, nine more Mini spin-offs will be launched.
This includes a new interpretation of the Clubman estate and Mini’s version on the MPV that’s known internally as the ‘Spacebox’ but is likely to have the evocative ‘Traveller’ badge.
The new-generation Mini is based on a brand-new BMW-engineered platform named the UKL1. There are two wheelbase lengths offered on the front-drive architecture. It will be based on MacPherson strut front suspension and BMW’s Z-axle rear end.
Recently, BMW had revealed a £500 million investment to convert the Cowley, Oxfordshire plant to accommodate the platform. Powering the majority of the Mk3 Mini line-up is a new range of advanced BMW three-cylinder engines.
They will deliver the same power as the current Mini four-cylinder engines but are seen to be considerably more frugal. Its power outputs are expected to range from 120bhp to 160bhp.
The new 2.0-litre, four-cylinder BMW engines, which could deliver over 230bhp, will also be used on the UKL1. This engine will be used as the basis for the John Cooper Works motor. It also makes an all-wheel-drive Mini JCW more possible.