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MINI-2014-5-Door-06MINI UNVEILS NEW 5-DOOR AND ENGINES.

The choice is a challenge for the buyers which have to choose between two generations Minis.

 

MINI has officially announced it will be soon offering an extended wheelbas 5-door addition to its growing range. The announcement came shortly after the introduction at Villa D'Este Concorso d'Eleganza of another potential addition to the growing range of the, German-owned, British brand.

Separately Mini also announced a parallel expansion of the range of powerplants it will be offering throughout its portfolio.

Isn't that a bit too much?

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  • MINI 2014 5-door addition
    MINI 2014 5-door addition

    Indeed Mini keeps expanding its offering to such an extent that making the right choice will soon be a challenge. Mini enthusiasts are now confronted with so many options. It may be the kind of syndrome the rich lady faces everyday: “what should I wear today”. A dramatic question that women with just a couple of dresses need not to have. They can go for the clean one with no hesitation.

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  • MINI Countryman (07/2010)
    MINI Countryman (07/2010)

    Mini buyers these months need to answer themselves many questions. Shall I buy my new Mini now or shall I wait? If I buy it now, which one? A specialty of the second generation such as the Paceman, Clubman, Countryman? The Coupé, the Cabrio or the Roadster? Or shall I go now for the new, third-generation, Mini One, Cooper or Cooper S three-door hatchback just launched?

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  • MINI 2014 5-door addition
    MINI 2014 5-door addition

    Probably he will be tempted to wait a little longer for the anticipated 5-door, the second body variant of the third generation? Eventually he will have to opt for the engine: three or four cylinder? Petrol or diesel is a choice most car buyers have clear from the very beginning. Be petrol in the USA or Japan and China, diesel in many European markets.


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    MINI 2014 Countryman

    Trouble is that MINI has officially announced it will be soon offering an extended wheelbase 5-door addition to its third generation Cooper and Copper S hatches. The market launch is planned for Autumn this year, just few months after the MINI Countryman is given a new start after a mid-life restyling this July. This will add more third-generation options versus the second generation. Not just body type but for powertrains as well, with all what comes with that, in term of weight, performance, fuel consumption and pricing.

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    MINI-Cooper-D-2014-10

    The differences bwtween the second and third generation are great, since the new Mini have been engineering with the BMW Group to be synergic with the new family of BMW front wheel cars, of which the Active Tourer is just the early bird due to reach the dealers in the next months. The new generation Mini and the anticipated new generation BMW 1 series share the all-new UKL1 platform and its modular architecture.

    When the all-new 5-door hatchback is introduced the comparison with the 5 door Countryman is obvisous, even though the “obsolete” Coutryman is a CUV and the new-arrival is a family car closing on family hatchbacks in the Golf class for visual impression although fitting between the Polo and the Golf-

  • Volkswagen 2013 Golf GTI
  • Volkswagen 2013 Golf GTI
    Volkswagen 2013 Golf GTI

    What really matters indeed is that the Mini Cooper 5-doors is almost a real family car, with three rear seats, much lighter and much more affordable than the Countryman, and is aimed at a much broader public.


    The two additional doors. over the extended wheelbase of its 3-door sister, and the greater rear overhang allow for increased leg-room at the rear, higher roof and and additional cargo area but will add only some 1,000 Euros to the Mini Cooper III whereas the difference between the entry version of a Mini one and its corresponding Countryman is three times as much.

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  • MINI 2014 5-door addition
    MINI 2014 5-door addition

     

    DESIGN PARALLELS.

     

    The Mini Cooper 5-door series is a much more conventional family car that follows the design trend of the Fiat 500L thus inverting the trend set by Mini long before Fiat. Indeed, it is obvious that the Fiat 500 benchmarked both the marketing strategy and the design approach of Mini through the past years. Now, the 5-door Mini follows the Fiat 500L.

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  • Fiat-500L-2013
    Fiat-500L-2013

    It is time to question if the proportions of Mini derivative bodywork are gowing with questionable proportions, and questionable style.Let’s the images speak of the design, look and style of the new Mini Cooper 5-door and the Mini Countryman (with an eye to the Fiat 500L) and let’s have a look to the overall dimensions of these three trendy “family cars” competing in the “compact but premium” segment.

  • MINI 2014 5-door addition
  • MINI 2014 5-door addition
    MINI 2014 5-door addition

    We shall not enter here into a price comparison simply because whereas this website is global, the prices, equipment and taxation are different.


    Perhaps one of our readers will provide us with a price comparison charts of these cars in a typical but neutral market (such as the U.S.A. or Switzerland) as soon as Mini announced the prices in those market.

     

    Specification

    Mini Countryman (R60, 2010)

    New Mini 5-door (2014)

    New Mini 3-door (2014)

    Fiat 500L   (2012)

    Overall length, mm.

    4097 - 4133

    3982/4005 (S)

    3821

    4147

    Overall width, mm.

    1789

    1727

    1780

    1780

    Overall height, mm.

    1549

    1425

    1660

    1660

    Wheelbase, mm.

    2 595

    2567

    2495

    2612

    Front overhang, mm.

    764

    749/757

    749/757

    829

    Rear Overang, mm.

    738

    n.a.

    n.a.

    706

    Track Front/rear

    1534/1559

    1501/1501

    1501/1501

    1522/1519

    Weight, DIN, unladed, kg

    1265 - 1480

    1145/1220

    Starts at 1165

    1245/1315

     

    The fact that Mini has so fact kept for themselves the dimensions of the overhangs of their third-generation is a suspicious sign of their embarassement. Those over hangs have nothing to share with the Mini icon and design heritage. Which, on its turns, is going to raise the question. What is Mini in 2014?

     

    MINI 2014 Countryman
    MINI 2014 Countryman
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  • MINI 2104 Cooper SD -new gen engines
  • MINI 2104 Cooper SD -new gen engines
  • MINI 2104 Cooper SD -new gen engines
  • MINI 2104 Cooper SD -new gen engines
  • MINI 2104 Cooper SD -new gen engines
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  • MINI 2014 5-door addition
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  • MINI 2014 5-door addition
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