Mini India will usher in the 4th generation version of the Cooper range of sporty hatchbacks on the 19th of November. The 2014 Mini Cooper range will be available in three door and five door variants, with the latter being introduced on the Cooper and Cooper S hatchbacks for the first time in history. The 4th generation Mini Coopers will use a new front wheel driven platform dubbed the UKL, which will also be shared with BMW’s range of entry level luxury cars.
All cars in the 2014 Mini Cooper and Cooper S hatchback line up grow in size, and offer more spacious interiors. By adding two more doors on the 5 door Cooper and Cooper S models, Mini has made the Cooper range more appealing to buyers looking for practicality. The interiors also get a spruce up with a slew of feature additions to boot. The other major change on the 4th generation Mini Coopers involves the engine line up.
BMW’s newly developed triple cylinder, turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines with 1.5 liter capacities with power the Cooper and Countryman respectively. The 1.5 liter-3 cylinder turbo petrol motor that powers the 2014 Mini Cooper hatchback outputs 136 Bhp-220 Nm, while the 1.5 liter-3 cylinder turbo diesel motor found on the Countryman makes 116 Bhp-270 Nm. The Cooper S, which is a high performance variant, uses a 2 liter-4 cylinder turbo petrol engine that produces 192 Bhp-280 Nm.
All variants of the Mini Cooper, Cooper S and Countryman sold in India are likely to use a 6 speed automatic transmission as standard. While a more powerful, 2 liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel engine (170 Bhp-360 Nm) is offered on the Cooper SD model sold internationally, it is an unlikely addition to the India-spec Cooper S line up. The 4th generation, F56 Mini Cooper and Cooper S variants are likely to be imported into India through the completely built unit (CBU) route, as was the case with the 3rd generation models.
The Countryman, on the other hand, is likely to be assembled at BMW India’s Chennai assembly unit through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route. The launch of the 2014, F56 Mini Cooper and Cooper S range of hatchbacks in India comes at a time when Fiat India is firming up the launch of the Abarth 500, a high performance hatchback that is likely to command a 30 lakh rupee price tag. Prices of the 4th Generation Mini Cooper line up are also likely to start near the 30 lakh rupee mark.