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.
Just a couple of months after the unveiling of the latest MINI, the British prime brand has extended its model range with the inclusion of a totally new exterior variant - the MINI 5-door - for the first time ever in the brand's history. It puts together MINI's signature driving experience, the distinct identity and elegance of the third generation and the improved practicality that includes more space. The signature exterior design of the iconic prime small car is originally transferred to particular parts of the new body, adding two rear doors.
Since the wheelbase was extended by 72 millimeters and the exterior is longer now by 161 millimeters in comparison to the MINI 3-door, the 5-door variant gives more freedom in terms of its interior. The back portion of the car has three individual seats, and passengers seated on them will benefit from a more spacious headroom of 15 millimeters.
The width is also increased to 61 millimeters at elbow height. Another added feature is the luggage compartment that holds 278 liters, which is now 67 liters larger in space compared to the new MINI 3-door. The vehicle's supreme level of flexibility is also backed by the 60:40 folding split in the backrest. It makes room for the luggage compartment capacity to hold up to 941 liters.
At the public launch of the MINI 5-door, the series has a combined fuel consumption that spans from 5.9 - 3.6 l/100 km. CO2 emissions start from 136 to 95 g/km. There are four different engines to choose from that have MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology.
A 3-cylinder petrol engine with a maximum output of 100 kW/136 hp runs the MINI Cooper 5-door. The output of the MINI Cooper S 5-door's 4-cylinder petrol engine is 141 kW/192 hp. The new MINI Cooper D 5-door is powered by an 85 kW/116 hp 3-cylinder diesel engine.
To add to that, the MINI Cooper SD 5-door is revealed for the very first time with a new 2.0-litre 4-cylinder diesel power unit that has a whopping output of 125 kW/170 hp. All model types of the latest MINI 5-door meet the exhaust emission standard of the EU6.