BMW India, the Indian subsidiary of the Munich-based luxury automaker, would launch the 3-door and 5-door versions of the third generation Mini hatchback on November 19 in India. The launch event is being scheduled to take place in Mumbai where the all new 3-door version of the 2014 Mini would replace the ongoing Cooper, while the 5-door version would be marking its debut on the Indian soil.
The new models of the Mini hatch are much bigger and spacious than the outgoing ones. Being dubbed as 'urban-chics', both the new cars are based on the UKL front-wheel drive architecture. Although, the Convertible and Countryman are also a part of the Mini line-up in the country, but they would arrive later on as they still await their global unveiling. The 5-door model too is quite identical to the 3-door one, albeit the two extra doors at the rear doesn't really make any difference. The company would offer two models of the hatchback in the country - the Cooper S petrol and a Cooper D diesel.
Talking about the 5-door Mini, which is first for the brand as well as for India; the wheelbase is 72 millimetres longer than the MINI 3-Door Hatch, and all of the extra length has been used to create more cabin space. The practical new body style allows for the inclusion of a central rear seat, making the car a true five-seater. Usability has also improved at the rear, with a boot that's bigger than ever. At 278 litres - 67 litres more than the MINI 3-Door Hatch - the car features a 60:40 split folding rear seat. The 3-door version measures 3,821 mm long, 1,727 mm wide, and 1,414 mm tall, whereas the 5-door measures 3,982 mm long, 1,727 mm wide and 1,425 mm tall.
Mechanically, the Cooper S would come with a 2.0L, 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine while the Cooper D will get a 1.5-litre, three-pot turbocharrged diesel motor. The 3-door Mini is expected to be priced in a range of Rs. 28-30 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom). On the other hand, the 5-door version is expected to have a sticker price in domain of Rs. 30-32 Lakhs; around Rs. 2 Lakhs more than the 3-door version. It would be challenging the likes of Mercedes-Benz A Class and BMW 1-Series, whereas the 3-door model would be at loggerheads with the yet-to-be-launched Fiat Abarth 500.