After unveiling the all-new, three-door Mini Cooper hatchback at the Los Angeles Auto Show earlier this year, BMW has now presented a new five-door version of the Mini. For the record, this is the first time in the company’s history when a Mini will feature five-doors - leaving aside the Countryman SUV.
To accommodate the second pair of extra doors, Mini has stretched the standard Cooper hatchback’s wheelbase by 72mm, while allowing for 15mm more headroom and another 61mm of cross-wise interior width at elbow height. The rear bench is good enough to accommodate three adults and offers a 60/40 split fold-down ratio.
Other modification made to the five-door Cooper is to the suspension set-up, so as to reserve the light and nimble feel of the standard Cooper. The boot space has been increased by 67 litres to 278 litres. Visually, the Mini five-door looks pretty much like the Countryman SUV, although the front looks exactly like the standard Mini.
Feature-wise, the new Cooper will come equipped with a long list of creature comforts and safety tech. Some notable ones being a toggle-type start/stoop button, a heads-up display, which extends above the steering column, a camera-based active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning with initial brake function, high beam assist, road sign detection, parking assistant and a rear view camera.
In the international markets, the new Mini Cooper will be offered with four engine options. The petrol variants could feature the 136PS 3-cylinder engine and the 190PS 4-cylinder engine, while the diesel variants could get the standard 3-cylinder 116PS diesel engine and a new 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder unit that is rated at 170PS. Both automatic and manual transmissions will be offered.
If the Mini five-door makes it to the Indian market, we reckon only the diesel engine mated to an automatic tranny will be seen here. The Mini Cooper five-door is expected to go on sale in the U.K by the end of this year.