British car maker Mini, known for its Cooper range of sporty hatchbacks, is now owned by the German BMW group. While Mini made its landfall into India in 2012, the stage seems set for the brand’s second major push in the Indian luxury car market. Mini will launch the 4th generation range of Cooper hatchbacks next year. Cars for homologation have already arrived into the country. The automaker has begun teasing the 2014 Mini ahead of its 2015 launch. 3 door variants of the 2014 Mini Cooper and Cooper S hatchbacks will be launched first, with the 5 door Countryman to follow. A convertible version of the Cooper will also make an eventual entry into India.
The Cooper and Cooper S hatchbacks are likely to continue taking the CBU route into the country, whereas the Countryman will continue being assembled from CKD kits. In terms of engines, the 2014 Mini Cooper sold in India is likely to use the 1.5 liter-3 cylinder turbo petrol engine with a 136 Bhp-220 Nm output. A six speed automatic transmission, befitting the car’s luxury appeal in India, is likely to make the cut as well. The performance oriented Cooper S will use a 2 liter turbo petrol engine with 192 Bhp-280 Nm outputs. The diesel powered Countryman will eschew the 1.6 liter-4 cylinder diesel engine in favour of a 1.5 liter-3 cylinder unit that produces 112 Bhp-270 Nm.
A 6 speed automatic gearbox will handle torque transfer affairs. All cars in the 2014 Mini Cooper range will use the new, BMW UKL platform and will be front wheel driven. Notably, the next generation 1-Series hatchback and X1 crossover will also use the UKL platform. In India, the Mini range of high performance, enthusiast oriented hatchbacks will square off against the likes of the Mercedes Benz A-Class and the Audi A3 sedan in terms of price and positioning. Prices are likely to start from about 24 lakh rupees for the locally assembled 2014 Mini Countryman, going all the way up to 36 lakh rupees for the CBU import Mini Cooper S.