Spy pictures show a “three-door” style for third-generation BMW Mini

Article by Anita Panait, on February 6, 2012

Spy shots of the third-generation BMW Mini reveal that the car could have a Clubman-style third door, if the left-hand-drive example represents the production version. Close examination of the pictures appear to show a second shutline behind the driver’s door. 

Although the shutline seems to be a line of tape applied over the disguise, it could be noted the driver’s door is also rather shorter than that of a standard three-door Mini. People were not happy about BMW’s use of a single, rear-hinged ‘club door’ on the Clubman, partly because it was on the wrong side for right-hand-drive vehicles. 

BMW, however, is known to be dedicated on the principle. BMW will use twin club doors on production version of the Paceman Coupé and on the second-generation Clubman. The company, meanwhile, announced that its tiny Mini Rocketman concept will not go into production because it cannot reduce the BMW/Mini front drive platform for a 3.4-meter city car.

New MINI continues its previous model’s aspiration to maintain its lead in the premium small car segment. It is justifying its position with relevant advancements in every area, from driving fun, to quality, to individual flair.

The evolutionary refinement of the new MINI’s design conveys its more mature character, which is particularly reflected in its optimization of space, fittings, safety, materials, finish quality, sportiness, and comfort. Moreover, this new MINI edition embodies an enhanced product substance, which, is in turn, derived from the BMW Group's development expertise and which takes on an extensive form.

Additionally, a new generation of engines takes driving fun and efficiency up a notch, and there’s also a broader selection of driver assistance systems and MINI Connected infotainment facilities. Other highlights in the MINI’s new equipment program – which were previously available only in higher vehicle segments – include LED headlamps, Emergency Call, MINI Head-Up Display, and Connected XL Journey Mate complete with real-time traffic information.

Furthermore, you can choose from three newly developed power units that feature MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology. The new MINI Cooper boasts a three-cylinder petrol engine that delivers an output of up to 100 kW/136 bhp. There’s also the MINI Cooper S with a four-cylinder petrol engine that delivers 141 kW/192 bhp. Then there’s the new MINI Cooper D, which is powered by a three-cylinder diesel engine that generates 85 kW/116 bhp.

Another new feature of the new MINI is the standard six-speed manual transmission, together with a six-speed automatic transmission, which is an available option for all engine variants. Extensive MINIMALISM technology, increased engine efficiency, enhanced aerodynamic properties, and optimized weight also go together to deliver reduced fuel consumption figures (up to 27% less compared to previous models). In fact, the MINI Cooper D is the new front-runner when it comes to fuel efficiency, with an average fuel use of 3.5 to 3.6 liters per 100 kilometers (according to EU test cycle figures and which is dependent on tyre format). All new MINI model variants also pass the EU6 exhaust emission standard.

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