MINI merges petrol power with EV aesthetic
It joins its all-electric counterpart which made its debut last year
The latest and likely to be last petrol-powered MINI Cooper has been introduced, with a starting price of just over £22,000.
It comes following the unveiling of its all-electric counterpart at the Munich Motor Show last year, and shares the same dimensions and smooth, aesthetic design.
At the heart of the petrol MINI Cooper lineup are two engine options. The base model, dubbed the Cooper C, is equipped with a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine delivering 154bhp and 230Nm of torque.
For those seeking more vigour, the Cooper S variant boasts a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, producing 201bhp and 300Nm of torque, which reduces the 0-62mph acceleration time from 7.7 seconds in the Cooper C to just 6.6 seconds in the Cooper S.
Both variants are mated exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, with no option to opt for a manual instead.
The exterior design of the new petrol MINI Cooper draws inspiration from its electric sibling, featuring the distinctive octagonal grille and iconic circular headlights that have become synonymous with the brand.
The rear is adorned with customisable tail-lights, connected by a black strip bearing the 'Cooper' inscription, while the absence of chrome and a bonnet scoop on the Cooper S model enhances the vehicle's streamlined appearance.
Notably, the petrol versions distinguish themselves with a clamshell bonnet line and more pronounced use of black-plastic cladding.
Inside, the MINI Cooper mirrors the electric version's tech-centric cabin, centred around a 9.4-inch OLED circular touchscreen.
This screen doubles as both the instrument panel and infotainment display, supported by a suite of physical toggle switches for essential functions. Additionally, the 'MINI Experience Modes' offer a customisable driving experience, altering steering weight, throttle response, and even the visual theme of the central display.
The MINI Cooper doesn't skimp on technology either, offering features such as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a virtual assistant which an be activated by saying "Hey MINI".
With a starting price of £22,300 for the Cooper C and rising to £26,700 for the Cooper S, the new MINI Cooper is available in three trim levels: Classic, Exclusive, and Sport.
Each trim level offers a range of features, from LED headlights and a plethora of MINI Experience Modes in the Classic trim to sportier aesthetics and enhanced brakes in the Sport trim.
Additionally, the vehicle boasts significant customisation options, from exterior paints to alloy wheel designs and optional packages enhancing comfort, connectivity, and safety.
The order books are now open and deliveries are expected this spring.