Redesigned 2014 Mini Cooper Grows Up


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    2014 Mini Cooper. | November 15, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • The redesigned 2014 Mini Cooper, which debuted on Monday in England ahead of simultaneous unveils at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show and Los Angeles auto show, grows up in terms of size and attitude.
  • The third-generation Mini puts the emphasis on a new "more mature character," the automaker said.
  • The Mini is bigger than the outgoing model and features new optional LED headlights and a new generation of engines.

WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey — The redesigned 2014 Mini Cooper, which debuted on Monday in England ahead of simultaneous unveils at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show and the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, grows up in terms of size and attitude. It goes on sale in March. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

The third-generation Mini puts the emphasis on a new "more mature character," the automaker said.

Instead of a radical redesign, the redo is evolutionary and the car is still instantly recognizable. The new model has grown by almost 5 inches in length and the trunk now can hold more luggage. The cabin looks less retro-chic than it used to, as Mini continues to adopt a more conventional look and feel.

The Mini is bigger than the outgoing model and features new optional LED headlights and a new generation of engines.

The new engines include a more powerful 134-horsepower 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine in the base model. The Mini Cooper sprints from zero to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds when equipped with the standard six-speed manual transmission. It has a top speed of 130 mph.

The 2014 Mini Cooper S is powered by a 189-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and sprints from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds when equipped with the standard six-speed manual transmission. The top speed is 146 mph.

A six-speed automatic transmission is available for all variants. The automatic features the car's first stop-start function to save fuel.

When the car is equipped with optional Dynamic Damper Control, a new feature, the driver can select from three Mini Driving Modes, including a green mode. This mode reduces power to the air-conditioning and exterior mirror heating to help conserve fuel. The green mode also features a coasting function with a decoupled drivetrain.

The range of optional driver assistance systems has been expanded. They include a head-up display, a Driving Assistant system with active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning, high-beam assistant and speed-limit information, and a parking assistant and rearview camera.

Five new exterior colors will be available at launch, and roof rails are optional for the first time.

The Mini Cooper takes aim at the Fiat 500, Hyundai Veloster and Volkswagen Golf.

Edmunds says: The Mini Cooper gets some big changes, but many will find it still remains the quintessential small car.

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