It has been almost 13 years since BMW took the charge of MINI and made an entire family tree of the brand. The cute looking hatchbacks have now been developed to more bodystyles than the number of colours in box of elementary kid! After MINI successfully endured the second generation in 2007, the company is now raring to launch the third generation of the car.
The two important motor shows of Tokyo and LA are coming up on 18th November and the MINI would officially meet the world on this day.
The next generation model would closely follow the design language of Mini Vision concept that was revealed to the world few months back and the spy pictures tell the same story. The new Mini will see many technologically advanced systems, like the head-up display, which will gather information like driving speed, navigation, speed limit and lot more and throw it to the driver through a retractable screen in front of the driver.
BMW has used the new technologies that are often seen in premium BMW vehicles to make the next generation Mini even more sophisticated. Mini now also gets reversing camera and park assist and premium features like headlamp mounted cameras to scan oncoming traffic and adjust the light beams accordingly. The camera also aids the cruise control system by automatically maintaining a safe distance from the car in front.
Next generation Mini will also see two 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo charged petrol and diesel units – churning power of 134 bhp with 220 Nm of torque for Cooper and 114 bhp from diesel for the Cooper D. There will a new 189 bhp mill too, with a displacement of 2.0 litre, the new mill will be tweaked to produce 220 bhp for John Cooper models.
The new models would be faster and would be more efficient than the current models. The Mini is becoming futuristic and the kind of transmissions that would go into Mini would a new six-speed manual box which will use the similar rev-matching technology offered in the powerful M3 and M4 models! The automatic version will use the technology used in Rolls Royce Wraith – a GPS guided gear selection unit, which scans the corners, slopes and kind of road ahead and changes gear accordingly! How good does that sound now?
The ride comfort would be extensively increased by the adaptive dampers, which will find its way to the Mini for the first time. Settings like Sport and Comfort would enable Mini to make sure that occupants get the best ride quality irrelevant to the road condition.
The new Mini would also be much safer with stronger cage, larger crumple zone and a new bonnet which pops by sensing collision and absorbs a lot of impact.
Current generation and versions of Countryman, Paceman, Clubman, Coupe and Roadster, all will be replaced with the new models and even the larger and bulkier Countryman is expected to receive the new changes. With the changes, the trademark central console will make way for a new digital infotainment system built around the old design to keep the classic feel.