BMW to launch next generation of MINI
23 August 2006, MUNICH - BMW has released details of the next MINI generation with subtle changes to the body design, interior and engines on the Cooper and Cooper S models that go on sale in late 2006.
23 August 2006
MUNICH - BMW has released details of the next MINI generation with subtle changes to the body design, interior and engines on the Cooper and Cooper S models that go on sale in late 2006.
Evolution of the new MINI, that was first released in 2001, rather than a revolutionary new design, was preferred by the designers, according to the car makers.
More radical changes were made under the skin with completely new- four cylinder 1.6-litre petrol engines with much improved fuel consumption which the manufacturers says is about 20 per cent less than the predecessor models.
BMW's valvetronic management system adjusts intake valve lift and opening times within fractions of a second to meet the power and performance requirements of the driver.
The Cooper produces an output of 88kW/120 hp while the MINI Cooper S, driven by a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct fuel injection, develops 128 kW/175 hp.
The basic MINI One with a 1.4-litre engine of 70kW/95 hp is scheduled for release in the early part of next year. A diesel engine version will also be available early 2007, the car maker said.
Among the most visible interior changes is the Centre Speedo with speedometer and the option of navigation functions. The centre console below the Speedo is also slimmer, providing more space in the footwells for the driver and passenger. Rear passengers are offered more comfort with recessed knee cut-outs in the front seats lined with material rather than traditional plastics. The interior lighting can be changed in five stages from warm orange to sporting blue.
Both models are available with an identical Sports Suspension set- up with harder springs, dampers and anti-roll bars. Run-flat tyres are standard on the MINI Cooper S with 16-inch light-alloy rims. Run-flat tyres allow drivers to continue their journey after a puncture for 145 kilometres at a speed of 80 km/h.
According to BMW some 800,000 units of the new MINI have been sold since its launch five years ago. The Oxford factory in England is gearing up to increase capacity to 240,000 units by the year 2008.
BMW lists the price for the Cooper at 17,350 euros (13, 549 dollars) in Germany (12,995 pounds in Britain) and 21,050 euros for the Cooper S (15,995 pounds).
Subject: German news