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2015 MINI Cooper 5-door news, pictures, specifications, and information

The new MINI 5 door

Just a few months after the market launch of the new MINI, the British premium brand has expanded its model range wîth the addition of an entirely new body variant - the MINI 5-door - for the first time in its history. It combines MINI's hallmark driving fun, the distinctive character and refinement of the third model generation and the enhanced practicality which comes wîth extra space. The characteristic exterior design of the original premium small car is authentically transferred to the specific proportions of the new body, wîth the addition of two rear doors.

With the wheelbase expanded by 72 millimetres and the body lengthened by 161 millimetres when compared to the MINI 3-door, the 5-door model provides greater freedom in terms of interior use. In the back are three separate seats, and passengers using them benefit from increased headroom of 15 millimetres and interior width increased of 61 millimetres at elbow height. In addition, the luggage compartment space is 67 litres larger than in the new MINI 3-door, wîth a total of 278 litres. The car's high level of versatility is also supported by the 60:40 folding split in the rear backrest. It enables the luggage compartment volume to be increased to 941 litres.

At the market launch of the MINI 5-door, the range has combined fuel consumption which ranges from 5.9 - 3.6 l/100 km. CO2 emissions range from 136 - 95 g/km. There are four engines wîth MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology to choose from. A 3-cylinder petrol engine wîth a peak output of 100 kW/136 hp powers the MINI Cooper 5-door. The output of the 4-cylinder petrol engine in the MINI Cooper S 5-door is 141 kW/192 hp. The new MINI Cooper D 5-door is powered by an 85 kW/116 hp 3-cylinder diesel engine. In addition, the MINI Cooper SD 5-door is presented for the first time wîth a new 2.0-litre 4-cylinder diesel power unit that has an output of 125 kW/170 hp. All model variants of the new MINI 5-door meet the EÚ6 exhaust emission standard.

As wîth every other MINI, the latest generation of engines ensures an exceptional balance between driving fun and fuel consumption. This is supported by the newly developed 6-speed manual and 6-speed Steptronic transmissions, as well as extensive MINIMALISM fuel-efficiency technology. MINI's famed go-kart feeling on the road is guaranteed thanks to a model-specific version of the refined suspension technology. Dynamic Damper Control wîth adjustable dampers is available as an option, as are MINI driving modes which ensure a 'made-to-measure' approach to performance driving and comfort.

The MINI 5-door also benefits from the high standards of the new model generation in many other ways, including quality of materials and workmanship, safety, acoustic and NVH comfort and innovative equipment. The new display and operating concept can be supplemented wîth an on-board computer of up to 8.8 inches in size, fitted in the central instrument, as well as the MINI Controller wîth touch-sensitive surface. An optional LED light ring for the central instruments provides feedback on driving condition as well as on numerous functions activated by the driver. Other equipment available includes the LED headlight, LED fog lamp, ambient lighting and Comfort Access. The range of optional driver assistance systems includes the Head-Úp Display which extends above the §teering column. The MINI 5-door also comes wîth Driving Assistant, a camera-based active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning wîth initial brake function, high beam assistant, road sign detection, Parking Assistant and rear view camera.

The diversity of the MINI Connected in-car infotainment program is unique within the competitive field. The MINI 5-door can be equipped wîth a permanent SIM card. This means that Emergency Call wîth automatic detection of vehicle location and accident severity is available, as well as MINI Teleservices. The MINI Connected XL Journey Mate helps the driver plan journeys as well as providing relevant information en route to the destination. Numerous additional functions which can be integrated in the vehicle via social networks and infotainment apps are now available for both the Apple iOS and Android smartphones.

Exterior design: characteristic proportions, clear lines

The new MINI 5-door is the second body variant of the new MINI, and its unique roof line and emphasis of the rear section draw attention to the extended length. The increased overall height reflects the improvement in headroom. The design pays tribute to the car's historical roots as well as being an evolution of the contemporary vehicle concept. Characteristic MINI proportions ensure a compact and powerful appearance, which underscores the agility of the newcomer.

The body of the new MINI 5-door is 3,982 millimetres long (MINI Cooper S 5-door and MINI Cooper SD 5-door are 4,005 millimetres), 1,727 millimetres wide and 1,425 millimetres wide. This makes the MINI 5-door 161 millimetres longer and 11 millimetres higher than the 3-door version. The width remains the same. The wheelbase has been extended by 72 millimetres to 2,567 millimetres, while the track is identical to that of the 3-door model.

Interior comfort has also been enhanced. Thanks to the extended wheelbase, rear passengers now have 72 millimetres more foot space and legroom available to them, while the increased space also provides for a third seat in the back row. Access to the rear is also more comfortable.

The increased vehicle height can be felt in an additional 15 millimetres of headroom. Meanwhile the car's interior width at elbow height is now increased by 61 millimetres. The luggage compartment has a volume of 278 litres, an increase of 67 litres or around 30 per cent when compared to the 3-door model.

Like all MINI models, the new MINI 5-door also has an unmistakeable appearance. The body, greenhouse and roof are clearly separated from one another in visual terms. The window graphic tapers off to the rear, contributing to a dynamic wedge shape when the car is viewed in profile, and suggesting a forward thrust even when it's stationary.

The wide track and short overhangs emphasise the striking expression of the vehicle's body as it sits powerfully on top of the wheels. The athletic stature of the new MINI 5-door is underscored by a striking sill line between the front and rear wheel arches. Meanwhile, the character line below the side windows provides a dynamic downward thrust which directs attention to the large wheel apertures.

Traditional design features include the hexagonal contour of the radiator grille, the side indicator surrounds known as 'side scuttles', the circular headlights, the upright rear light clusters and the black periphery at the bottom edge of the body. The single-section chrome frame of the radiator grille brings out the hexagonal shape particularly clearly. The visual effect of the side scuttle elements and the additional headlights in the front apron is enhanced by means of striking lines on the adjacent surfaces in each case.

In the MINI Cooper 5-door and MINI Cooper D 5-door, the ribs of the radiator grille and the tailgate handle are finished in White Aluminium. The bumper trim, integrated in the radiator grille and also acting as a number plate carrier, is finished in high-gloss black, while the exhaust pipe has a chrome cover. The MINI Cooper S 5-door and MINI Cooper SD 5-door models emphasis their sporty flair wîth a honeycomb pattern in the radiator grille, an anthracite bumper trim, an additional opening in the bonnet, brake air ducts integrated in the lower air inlets and a separate rear apron wîth exhaust pipes arranged at the centre. These model variants also bear a red 'S' logo wîth a chrome border, not only on the side scuttle elements but also on the chrome bar of the radiator grille.

Únique within the competitive field: LED headlamps, adaptive light distribution, LED turning light, LED fog lamp

The circular headlamps are bordered by a wide chrome ring and have clearly structured light sources, wîth the arched turn indicators arranged in the lower section. In the standard version, the daytime driving lights and the side lights are fitted inside the additional headlights, while fog lamps can also be included here as an optional extra.

The new MINI 5-door is the first car in its class to offer the option of LED headlights. The bright white units provide the light source for both low and high beam. They are also surrounded by an LED daylight driving ring, the lower section of which reaches down to the white turn indicators. Another option is that of LED headlamps wîth additional functions, ensuring optimum illumination of the road surface and roadside - depending on the situation and route profile - and also including an LED turning light. The optional fog lamps are also available in halogen or as LEDs in conjunction wîth LED headlights. Cars fitted wîth LED headlights also have LED rear lights.

There is a palette of three solid and nine metallic exterior colours for the launch of the new MINI 5-door. In all models, the roof and exterior mirror caps can be finished in a contrasting colour, white or black, as an option and at no extra cost. Roof rails for roof rack mounting are also available for the new MINI 5-door. Individual accents include white or black bonnet stripes and Chrome Line for the exterior.

Interior design in hallmark MINI style: an innovative display and operating concept

Precise lines, premium colour and material combinations and modern functionality highlight how the MINI 5-door's cabin is a contemporary reworking of a design classic. The horizontal structure of the cockpit and the circular or elliptical contours of central features such as air vents, instruments and door trim are among the best-loved MINI design elements. The innovative display and operating concept is ideal for safe and intuitive use of the various driver assistance systems, infotainment and comfort functions.

The instrument cluster on the §teering column displays road speed, engine speed and fuel level by means of superimposed circular instruments. The speedometer scale includes a colour panel for Check Control messages, vehicle status displays and visual indicators relating to driver assistance systems currently activated.

As soon as the key is inside the car, the engine of the new MINI 5-door can be started by pressing the toggle-type start/stop button located in the middle of the centre console, which lights up red. Above the toggle switch there are three circular control switches for heating and air conditioning. The operating switches for the headlamps and fog lights are located on the instrument cluster next to the §teering wheel. The electrically controlled power window lifts are integrated in the door trim panels.

Central instrument wîth a wide range of functions and exclusive lighting configuration

With its indicator elements and extended functionality, the hallmark MINI central instrument provides exceptional interaction between driver and car. Depending on the car's fittings, the centre of its interior surface serves as a 4-line TFT display or a colour screen up to 8.8 inches in size. This provides operating feedback for vehicle functions, air conditioning, infotainment and communication, navigation maps and route directions, as well as the special graphics for MINI Connected Services. The selection and control of these functions is via the Controller in the centre console, which is fitted in conjunction wîth the Radio MINI Visual Boost, the MINI navigation system and the Professional navigation system. Rotary, pressure and shift movements as well as one-touch and bookmark buttons allow for intuitive, safe and convenient operation based on the principles of the BMW iDrive system, a ground-breaking concept throughout the entire automotive sector. The features included wîth the Professional navigation system include a Touch Controller whose touch-sensitive surface enables entry of characters. The innovative display and operating concept is supported by a lighting design in the area of the central instrument which is unique to MINI. LED units around the outer edge of the circular instrument - optionally available in six colours - can respond to the current situation on the road and to specific operating procedures according to driver preference. For example, the hand movements of the road speed and engine speed display in the instrument cluster are underpinned by parallel light impulses at the edge of the central instrument. When Park Distance Control is activated, the remaining distance to obstacles is shown by means of a ring of light which is illuminated in green, yellow or red, supplementing the graphic display. A change in the desired interior temperature is confirmed by LED units which light up in blue or red. Route guidance information provided by the navigation system is also visually supported by the illuminated ring: the closer the car gets to the turn-off point, the smaller the lit-up area at the edge of the central instrument.

Extended functionality and hallmark MINI diversity of colours and materials in the interior

The extended interior space along wîth numerous clever details makes the new MINI 5-door extremely functional and practical. The rear backrest wîth a 60:40 split can be folded down but also angled more steeply so as to create more luggage space. This enables the load volume to be increased in stages as required, from 278 litres to as much as 941 litres. The seat belt for the central back seat is integrated in the backrest. Numerous cupholders and storage facilities make it easy to take drinks and travel utensils in the car, and there is an additional storage compartment behind the trim strip on the passenger side. A storage package is also available as an option, and includes a double dual-section load compartment floor, additional lashing eyes and floor net for the luggage compartment, along wîth map pouches for the backrests of the front seats.

Seats in a fabric/leather combination and leather finish are offered as an alternative to the standard fabric version. The MINI Cooper S 5-door and the MINI Cooper SD 5-door are fitted wîth sport seats as standard and these are available as an option for the other variants. The sport seats offer excellent lateral holding, as well as seat depth adjustment function. The optional leather lounge seats have a tube-like visual structure and offer top-quality upholstery for excellent comfort.

A wide range of possibilities for interior customisation is offered by the model-specific selection of upholstery colours, interior surfaces, Colour Lines and other design features. These include a Chrome Line for the interior and the lighting package wîth LED interior lights and orange-coloured ambient lighting, as well as numerous new MINI Yours program features.

Powerful engines wîth MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology

At the launch of the MINI 5-door, there are two petrol engines and two diesel engines to choose from, wîth three and four cylinders respectively, as well as MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology. In the power units of the MINI Cooper 5-door and the MINI Cooper S 5-door, turbocharging and direct fuel injection are combined wîth variable camshaft control on the intake and exhaust side (double VANOS) and variable valve control in the form of VALVETRONIC, as patented by the BMW Group. In the diesel engines of the MINI Cooper D 5-door and the MINI Cooper SD 5-door, MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology consists of a turbocharger wîth variable turbine geometry and the latest generation of common rail direct injection. This offers further increased injection pressure as compared to the predecessor engines, a particularly high-precision fuel dosage and clean combustion.

In combination wîth extensive MINIMALISM technology, the new engine technology in the MINI 5-door also ensures a desirable balance between driving fun and fuel consumption. All engine variants also meet the EÚ6 exhaust emission standard.

With a peak output of 141 kW/192 hp, the 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine gives the MINI Cooper S 5-door a real dash of sporty flair. The maximum torque of the engine is 280 Nm from 1,250 rpm. It can even be briefly increased to 300 Nm by means of an overboost function. This enables a sprint from standing to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds (automatic: 6.8 seconds). The top speed of the MINI Cooper S 5-door is 232 km/h (230 km/h). These figures are combined wîth an average fuel consumption of 5.9 to 6.0 litres (5.4 to 5.5 litres) per 100 kilometres and a CO2 emissions level of 136 to 139 grams per kilometre (125 to 128 g/km; EÚ test cycle figures, dependent on tyre format selected).

Spontaneous power delivery and high revving are also characteristic of the 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine in the MINI Cooper 5-door. This has a peak output of 100 kW/136 hp and a maximum torque of 220 Nm (230 Nm wîth overboost) from 1,250 rpm. As a result, acceleration from zero to 100 km/h for the MINI Cooper 5-door takes 8.2 seconds (automatic: 8.1 seconds), wîth a top speed of 207 km/h in each case. The average fuel consumption of the new MINI Cooper 5-door is 4.7 to 4.8 litres (4.8 to 4.9 litres) per 100 kilometres, while its level of CO2 emissions 109 to 111 grams per kilometre (111 to 114 g/km; EÚ test cycle figures, dependent on tyre format selected).

The latest addition to the new generation of MINI engines is a 2.0-litre turbodiesel which delivers 125 kW/170 hp. With this peak output and a maximum torque of 360 Nm between 1,500 - 2,750 rpm, it ensures impressive pulling power in the MINI Cooper SD 5-door. With common rail injectors operating at a maximum pressure of 2,000 bar, this engine provides the basis for a high level of running smoothness as well as low fuel consumption and exhaust emission figures. The MINI Cooper SD 5-door completes the sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds (automatic: 7.3 seconds), reaching a top speed of 225 km/h (223 km/h). The efficiency of the new diesel engine is reflected in an average fuel consumption of 4.1 to 4.3 litres (4.1 to 4.2 litres) per 100 kilometres and a CO2 emissions level of 109 to 112 grams per kilometre (107 to 109 g/km; EÚ test cycle figures, dependent on tyre format selected).

Spirited power and impressive efficiency are also combined in the MINI Cooper D 5-door. Its 1.5-litre 3-cylinder diesel engine has a peak output of 85 kW/116 hp. The maximum torque of 270 Nm is available from 1,750 rpm, enabling acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in 9.4 seconds (automatic: 9.5 seconds). The top speed is 203 km/h (202 km/h). These figures are combined wîth an average fuel consumption of between 3.6 and 3.7 litres (3.8 to 3.9 litres) per 100 kilometres and a CO2 emissions level of 95 to 97 grams per kilometre (99 to 102 g/km; EÚ test cycle figures, dependent on tyre format selected).

Cutting-edge manual and automatic transmissions

Vital Stats

The new MINI 5-door features state-of-the-art manual and automatic transmissions which exhibit a high level of efficiency. Each car is fitted as standard wîth a 6-speed manual transmission that is characterized by low weight and improved shift comfort deriving from the use of carbon friction linings for the synchroniser rings. A centrifugal pendulum in the dual-mass flywheel compensates for torsional vibrations. This enhances the acoustic and vibrational properties of the drive system when travelling at low engine speeds, for greater fuel efficiency. A gear sensor also enables active engine speed adaptation for sporty up-shifting when accelerating and increased comfort when shifting down.

The 6-speed Steptronic transmission available for all variants of the new MINI 5-door offers improved efficiency, enhanced shift comfort and increased shift dynamics. It offers both automatic and manual changes in Drive position using the gear selector switch. The new MINI 5-door also combines the 6-speed Steptronic transmission wîth the automatic engine start/stop function, preventing unnecessary fuel consumption caused by idling at junctions or in congested traffic. Another option for the new MINI Cooper S 5-door and the MINI Cooper SD 5-door is a 6-speed Steptronic sports transmission that offers even shorter shift times and comprises shift paddles on the §teering wheel for use in manual mode.

In conjunction wîth the MINI navigation system, the 6-speed Steptronic transmission is also able to take account of the route profile in controlling gear shifts. Based on navigation data, the appropriate drive position is selected to match the imminent situation on the road ahead. For example, it prevents unnecessary upshifts directly prior to junctions or on corners.

The MINIMALISM technology which comes as standard includes a shift-point display function for models wîth manual transmission, brake energy recuperation and needs-oriented control of the fuel pump, coolant pump and other ancillary units.

The electromechanical power §teering and map-controlled oil pumps in all engines are optimised for the most efficient use. An optimised preheating process achieves approximately 50 per cent reduction in the energy required to start the diesel engines.

Depending on the model variant, optimisation of aerodynamic properties is achieved by such measures as active cooling air flaps, extensive underbody trim and air ducting elements in the upper section of the C columns. With a drag coefficient (Cd value) of 0.30 (MINI Cooper 5-door, MINI Cooper D 5-door) or 0.32 (MINI Cooper S 5-door) and 0.33 (MINI Cooper SD 5-door), the new MINI 5-door is at the forefront its §egmènt in terms of aerodynamics.

MINI Driving Modes: sporty flair and efficiency at the turn of a switch

MINI Driving Modes is an optional extra which provides an excellent basis for fuel-efficient motoring. A rotary switch at the base of the gear or selector lever is used to activate either the standard MID mode, SPORT mode or GREEN mode. In SPORT, the accelerator pedal characteristic curve and §teering are switched to a more sporty set-up, as are the shift times in cars fitted wîth the 6-speed Steptronic transmission. (posted on In GREEN mode, a relaxed and more fuel-efficient driving style is supported by intelligent control of energy and climate management, as well as by systems such as shift point display. In cars fitted wîth 6-speed Steptronic transmission it is also possible to use the coasting function. The drivetrain is decoupled at speeds of between 50 and 160 km/h as soon as the driver's foot is removed from the accelerator pedal. The new MINI 5-door then rolls at idling engine speed and at a minimum rate of fuel consumption.

Optimised suspension technology: low weight, lots of go-kart feeling

The suspension technology of the new MINI 5-door retains the well-established principle of the single-joint spring strut axle at the front and the multilink rear axle. It's a set-up which is unique within the competitive environment. Every component has been optimised in terms of material selection and geometry, and everything possible has been done to create MINI's much-loved handling properties - commonly referred to as the brand's signature 'go-kart' feeling - in the new MINI 5-door.

The mechanical set-up also takes account of the high level of engine power, front-wheel drive transmission, transversely mounted engine at the front, low centre of gravity, short overhangs, wide track and a rigid, weight-optimised body structure.

In order to achieve a low weight and a high level of component rigidity, the front axle is fitted wîth aluminium swivel bearings as well as axle supports and wishbones made of high-strength steel. The front axle kinematics supports the agile turn-in response and precise §teering sensation of the new MINI 5-door. High-strength steel types are also used for the rear axle. Tube-shaped stabilisers at the front and rear axle contribute to weight reduction. The innovative axle bearing benefits both ride comfort and agility.

Dynamic Damper Control in the new MINI 5-door

The dampers are decoupled at the front and rear axle by means of triple-path support bearings. As an option, the new MINI 5-door can also be fitted wîth Dynamic Damper Control. Two characteristic lines are available for damper set-up, allowing activation of either a more comfort-oriented response or a direct, sporty response to road bumps, depending on the given situation. The compression and rebound stage are adjusted by means of electrical control of the EDC valves.

Engineered into the electromechanical power §teering is compensation for so-called 'torque steer'. This prevents self-§teering tendencies caused by differing degrees of torque at the drive wheels. Steering precision is also ensured when it comes to sudden avoidance swerves and when taking bends at higher loads. Standard features include the speed-related §teering assistance system Servotronic. In addition to the ABS anti-lock braking system, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and the brake assistant, the driving stability control system DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) in the new MINI 5-door also includes a drive-off assistant, a brake dry function, Fading Brake Support and DTC mode (Dynamic Traction Control), which permits controlled slip at the drive wheels so as to facilitate driving off on loose sand or deep snow. When the driving stability system is deactivated (DSC Off mode), there is an electronic locking function for the front axle differential which selectively and appropriately brakes a spinning drive wheel on tight corners, redirecting the drive torque to the other wheel. This system, known as Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC), promotes the car's forward momentum without negatively influencing self-§teering response. The MINI Cooper S 5-door and the MINI Cooper SD 5-door also feature the Performance Control system, which counteracts any tendency to understeer prior to reaching the threshold level. This supports an agile yet neutral driving response on bends.

The 15-inch forged light alloy wheels in the new MINI Cooper 5-door and the new MINI Cooper D 5-door have a particularly low weight as well as favourable aerodynamic properties. The new MINI Cooper S 5-door and the new MINI Cooper SD 5-door are fitted as standard wîth 16-inch light alloy wheels. Other light alloy wheels up to a size of 18 inches are available as part of the program of options and accessories. Tyres wîth emergency running properties are available as another option to fit all rim sizes.

Low weight combined wîth a high level of safety and agility due to intelligent lightweight construction

Intelligent lightweight construction means that weight reduction in the MINI is combined wîth an increase in rigidity. The result is improved agility and occupant protection. In spite of the wide range of fittings, virtually all variants of the new MINI 5-door are lighter than their competitors in the §egmènt. Highly resilient load-bearing structures, advanced deformation zones and an extremely stable passenger cell provide an excellent basis for keeping impact energy away from passengers and ensuring maximum occupant protection. The safety concept behind the new MINI 5-door is geared towards achieving maximum scores on all the relevant crash tests worldwide.

Comprehensive safety technology including pedestrian protection

The standard safety fittings of the new MINI 5-door comprise front and side airbags, as well as curtain airbags for the front and rear seats. All seats are fitted wîth 3-point seat belts and there are belt tensioners and belt force limiters at the front. ISOFIX child seat mountings are provided at the rear and are optional on the front passenger seat.

There are also safety features which are designed to minimise the risk of injury to pedestrians. These include impact absorbers, precisely defined deformation elements and a partially active engine compartment lid. In the event of a collision wîth a pedestrian, which is registered by special sensors, a pyrotechnic trigger mechanism raises the engine compartment lid. This creates additional deformation space and significantly reduces the risk of injury when impacting against very hard parts of the engine.

Innovative driver assistance systems increase convenience and safety

There are numerous driver assistance systems available for the new MINI 5-door. These include the MINI Head-Úp-Display, which shows information relevant to the driver on an extendible monitor in the upper section of the dashboard, between the windscreen and §teering wheel. The MINI Head-Úp Display promotes concentration on the road by displaying information directly in the driver's line of sight. It can then be read quickly and conveniently without the driver needing to avert their eyes from the road. The information that can be shown in the MINI Head-Úp Display includes speed, navigation directions in the form of arrow graphics and junction sketches, visual signals for collision warning, display symbols generated by Speed Limit Info and No Passing Info, Check Control messages and entertainment program details such as radio channels and song titles. The graphics on the high-resolution screen are clearly visible in all light conditions.

Other innovative driver assistance systems in the new MINI 5-door include the optional Driving Assistant. This comprises a camera-based cruise control and distance control function which automatically maintains a distance from the vehicle ahead, as well as the collision and pedestrian warning system wîth initial brake function. In critical situations, the driver is first provided wîth a visual signal in the form of a graphic symbol that appears in the instrument cluster. This is supplemented at the second warning level by an acoustic signal prompting the driver to react. In addition to this, an automatic brake manoeuvre is triggered in the case of an imminent collision wîth a pedestrian or a rear-end shunt, for example, in urban traffic. Here the new MINI 5-door is decelerated at medium brake force. Depending on the situation, this can either prevent an impact from occurring altogether or else significantly reduce the severity of the accident. As the automatic deceleration is activated, the driver is also given an unmistakable prompt to intervene.

Other elements of the Driving Assistant are a road sign detection function, which registers and displays speed limits and overtaking bans on the current route. The system also includes high-beam assistant which takes into account environmental brightness as well as oncoming vehicles and those travelling ahead when controlling the high beam.

A rear view camera and Parking Assistant are available for the new MINI 5-door. The video images supplied by the rear view camera positioned underneath the tailgate handle are shown on the display screen in the central instrument as an aid when manoeuvring and reverse parking. Parking Assistant facilitates selection and use of parking spaces parallel to the road. The system automatically detects suitable parking spaces at the roadside. As the car then manoeuvres into the chosen space, the Parking Assistant takes care of all the necessary §teering movements on behalf of the driver. All the driver has to do is operate the accelerator, brake pedal and gear selection in order to manoeuvre the new MINI 5-door safely and conveniently into the parking space.

Premium features for comfort, functionality and individual style

The standard features of the new MINI 5-door include electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, door sill cover strips wîth model-specific inscription, Colour Line in Carbon Black and the MINI Radio including AÚX-IN and ÚSB interface. These can be supplemented wîth a range of high-quality options in the areas of comfort, functionality and individual flair, to adapt the car to the owner's personal style. In addition to the air conditioning system (as standard in the MINI Cooper S 5-door and the MINI Cooper SD 5-door) there is also a 2-zone automatic air conditioning system, seat heating for driver and front passenger, a panorama glass roof, a visibility package including windscreen heating, rain sensor and automatic light control, a Harman/Kardon hi-fi speaker system and a sports leather §teering wheel (as standard in the MINI Cooper S 5-door and MINI Cooper SD 5-door) including optional multi-function buttons and cruise control.

Other options include Comfort Access, Park Distance Control, roof rails, electrically heatable and folding exterior mirrors, and both interior and exterior mirrors wîth automatic anti-dazzle function. For customisation of the exterior and interior in typical MINI style, various decorative trims for exterior mirrors, bonnet stripes, seat upholsteries, interior surfaces and Colour Lines are all available.

MINI Connected: Emergency Call and apps now also available for smartphones

The optional MINI Connected or MINI Connected XL system is also available in conjunction wîth the Radio MINI Visual Boost and the MINI navigation system. It offers extensive integration of smartphones in the car, allowing the use of internet-based services in the fields of infotainment, communication and driver experience. These are provided via an ever-expanding range of apps. MINI Connected XL also includes the Journey Mate function for Real Time Traffic Information. The MINI Connected XL Journey Mate is provided in the form of an app and even supports the driver when preparing a trip. Owners of an Apple iPhone can plan a journey on their mobile phone, taking into account calendar entries and appointments at the destination. The current traffic situation and weather at destination are shown on the smartphone display right away. The MINI Connected XL Journey Mate calculates in transit whether there is sufficient fuel, indicates where refuelling is possible, shows the anticipated time of arrival, provides information on the weather at destination, analyses Real Time Traffic Information so as to identify congestion early on, helps in selecting transit stops and even suggests parking facilities near the destination. Drivers can also set reminders for calendar entries and for their own memos if they wish. Finally, the app includes a pedestrian navigation service on the smartphone to cover the distance from the parking space to the specific destination and back to the MINI.

The MINI Connected program provided through smartphone apps includes vehicle-related functions such as Mission Control, Dynamic Music, Driving Excitement and MINIMALISM Analyser as well as online-based services such as a web radio function, the use of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, foursquare and Glympse, the reception of RSS news feeds and entertainment features such as AÚPEO!, Stitcher, Deezer, Audible, Napster/Rhapsody and TuneIn. With the colour display in the central instrument, all functions can be operated in typical MINI style at the same time - more conveniently, intuitively and safely than ever before. In future, selected MINI Connected Apps and MINI Connected Ready Apps supplied by third-party providers will be available not just for the Apple iPhone but also for smartphones using the Android operating system.

In many market areas, the new MINI 5-door can also be fitted wîth a SIM card which is permanently installed in the car. This is used to establish phone connections required for the use of the optional functions Emergency Call and MINI Teleservices. Emergency Call automatically contacts a call centre in the event of a collision so as to initiate fast and effective assistance. At the same time, information is transferred that includes the exact position of the car, vehicle type and colour as well as data collected by sensors inside the automobile, such as how many people are seated in the car and which airbags were triggered. An emergency call can also be set off manually so as to get help for other road users.

MINI Teleservices provides automatic transmission of service-related vehicle data to a MINI Service Partner of the customer's choice. The function can also be used to arrange an appointment. The data transfer allows the required service work to be identified early on so that the workshop visit can be prepared accordingly.

Source - MINI
The British Motor Corporation came into existence in 1952 by the merging of two manufacturers, Nuffield Motors and Austin. Nuffield was known for its Morris line of vehicles, while Austin had its 'Seven' model line. The transition for the two manufacturers was difficult and had been forced out of necessity. After World War II, many vehicle manufacturers could not stay in business due to destroyed factories, recovering economies, strained resources, and lack of funds. Combining the two companies was a means to stay in business.

A fuel shortage was occurring. German engineers quickly adapted and began producing fuel-efficient vehicles. Examples include the Volkswagen Beetle. Leonard Lord, Chairman of BMC and former head of Austin, commissioned Sir Alec Issigonis to design a vehicle to compete with the German-made vehicles.

Alec Issigonis was a graduate of Battersea Technical College. After graduation he worked as a draftsman for a plethora of engineering projects. Later, he joined Morris Motors where he was tasked with creating and fitting suspensions to the Morris vehicles.

Issigonis was outfitted with requirements to create a fuel-efficient, affordable, safe vehicle capable of carrying four individuals including luggage. To save on development costs, it was requested that an existing BMC engine be used. What he created was a vehicle that sat atop of 10 inch wheels. By using smaller wheels there was little need for wheel wells.

The car was expected to carry four individuals; the combined weight of the passengers being greater than the entire vehicle. A suspension was needed that could accept this pay-load. With his prior experience creating and working with suspensions, Issigonis designed a rubber cone suspension.

A 950 cc, four cylinder, BMC engine was selected. It was mounted in the front and expected to power the front wheels, a system that was revolutionary at the time. Instead of mounting the engine longitudinally, it was place transversely. The transmission was place under the engine due to space constraints.

When Issigonis presented his designs and recommendations to Lord in 1958, changes were requested. Instead of the 950 cc engine, a 34 horsepower, 848 cc engine would be used, making the vehicle slower but more importantly, more safe. The other request was to make the vehicle two inches wider.

There were two versions of the car when it was first introduced on August 26, 1959. The only difference between the 1959 Austin and Morris versions was their badges.

John Cooper had designed vehicles that successfully won the Formula One championships in 1959 and 1960.

He proposed a marriage between his 1000 cc Formula Junior engine with the Mini. Lord approved the idea and in 1961 the Mini Cooper was born. It was fitted with a 997 cc engine producing 55 horsepower. Later, the Cooper S came into being with the advent of the 970 cc and the 1275 cc engine - the latter capable of 76 horsepower.

From 1964 through 1967 the little car dominated the Monte Carlo Rally. The car easily achieved these victories using a 91 horsepower engine.

Minis became more than just a practical car, they became a fashion statement. This, combined with their practicality, fuel efficiency, and success on the race track, created an overwhelming demand for the little car.

In the 1980's, the Mini was starting to loose momentum. Rover tried to revitalize the Mini brand by creating special editions. In all, there were more than 40 different editions created between 1980 and 2000.

A merger with British Motor Corporation and another company produced the Britsh Leyland Company. Later, it became Rover Group. Currently, it is owned by BMW.

In 2001, BMW introduced the MINI. The MINI currently has three Cooper models. Their main differences being the size of the engine and the horsepower rating. A convertible has also been included to the line-up.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2007

Three generations of driving fun: The MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S through the years.

For three generations and over 50 years, the Cooper name has identified a MINI offering even more in the way of driving fun. The idea, hatched by brilliant Formula One designer John Cooper, to fuel the agile small car wîth an extra hit of performance and turn it into a sporting machine for the road and track has lost none of its appeal. But the Cooper has never been about horsepower, as a comparison between the classic Mini and its two successors resoundingly proves. The key here is the basic principle of the creative use of space, combined wîth the inimitable go-kart feeling that runs like a thread through the three generations of the legendary small car. These famous handling traits are enjoyed by drivers on bendy country roads and city streets around the world, wîth the classic Mini and 21st-century MINI still regularly crossing each other's path.

The small British car positively craves twists and turns demanding quick and precise changes in direction; this is where it feels most at home. The classic Mini was tailor-made for tackling hairpins and corner-strewn roads, and it still looks the part today – aided by the healthy 46 kW/63 hp available in a Mini Cooper towards the end of its production run. The classic Cooper was built up to autumn 2000, by which time its successor was already twitching in the starting blocks. In contrast to the original Mini, the new model was available in Cooper guise from the outset. And wîth 85 kW/115 hp under the bonnet, it would do its nameplate proud. From the word go, the car's powerplant and chassis formed a harmonious alliance to deliver unbeatable driving fun. As John Cooper realised, sometimes you actually can't have too much of a good thing. 50 years ago he unveiled the 70 hp Mini Cooper S. And today, its youngest descendant places 135 kW/184 hp at the disposal of its driver. As if that wasn't enough, the turbocharged engine powering the latest MINI Cooper S also sets the benchmark for efficiency in its output class.

When Alec Issigonis set out to develop a new small car for the British Motor Corporation in the mid-1950s, his priorities were space and price. Indeed, at a touch over three metres in length, the classic Mini offered astonishingly generous accommodation for passengers and their gear alike. Issigonis settled on a front transverse installation for the four-cylinder engine, under which lay the gearbox, plumb between the wheels. The positioning of those wheels at the far corners of the car and the Mini's short overhangs did the rest. The Mini was small on the outside but roomy on the inside, not to mention – at around 600 kilograms – extremely light. The principles underpinning its design remain the template for small and compact cars in the modern era.

However, it was left to another key figure in the brand's history to uncover the vast well of sporting talent under that diminutive shell. John Cooper, a friend and business partner of Mini creator Issigonis and winner of two Formula One constructors' world titles, was quick to spot the car's dynamic potential, and in 1961 the first Mini Cooper hit the roads. Production of the Cooper was temporarily suspended in the 1970s, but by that time the Mini Cooper badge had long since become the signature of a sporty and agile small car.

As well as the intervention of John Cooper, the launch of this famous sporting career also relied on the brilliance of the classic Mini's chassis. Issigonis had broken new ground wîth the §teering and suspension of his new creation, and in so doing laid the foundations for the go-kart feeling appreciated by drivers to this day. Homokinetic joints reduced torque steer, a subframe (to which the rear wheels were fixed) improved directional stability, and rubber springs and small telescopic dampers ensured accurate responses and progressive spring action. The wealth of ideas packed into this small car still impresses. And the result of those ideas – the classic Mini's much-celebrated handling – explains why the car continues to enjoy such a loyal community of fans. When the successor to the original car came along in 2001, it was clear that highly advanced chassis technology would be needed in order to set the pace in driving fun all over again. The MINI Cooper rose to the challenge in some style, thanks to MacPherson spring struts at the front axle, axle shafts equal in length, a multi-link rear axle unique in the small car §egmènt, disc brakes on all four wheels, and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control).

The latest-generation MINI Cooper S also features Electric Power Steering wîth Servotronic function and a DSC system including DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) and an electronic locking function for the front axle differential. Known as Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC), this system gives the MINI a crucial edge through the tight bends of Alpine passes, for example, by braking a spinning wheel as required to enhance drive out of corners as well as the car's §teering properties. Added to which, pressing the standard Sport Button in the MINI Cooper S makes the §teering even more direct and stirs up a particularly sporty soundtrack from the engine. All of this was unimaginable 50 years ago, of course, but you get the impression John Cooper would have wholeheartedly approved.

Source - BMW
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