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New MINI Under 100g/km CO2

MINI has announced that from August 2010 all MINI models will bear fresh design features both inside and out.  Also, two brand new diesel engines that achieve CO2 emissions of 99 g/km and the first MINI Convertible powered by a diesel engine will also make their debuts at the same time. This range makeover comes hot on the heels of the new, more economical petrol engines announced in March and the forthcoming MINI Countryman.  Like the Countryman all these changes that refresh MINI will be available in MINI showrooms during September 2010.  

New diesel engines bring MINI record low fuel consumption and 99 grams of CO2

The 1.6 litre, four cylinder Peugeot/Citroen derived engines are based on the accumulated development prowess of diesel power units by the BMW Group.  Accordingly they share the efficient bore/stroke ratio of BMW’s two litre units, all aluminium construction for light weight, common rail direct injection and a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry.  The result is a state of the art diesel engine that marries strong power delivery, high torque from low down the rev range that delivers pulling power whenever it is called for, supreme economy and low emissions and engine acoustics that set new standards in the premium compact car segment.

Both the MINI One D and MINI Cooper D achieve the same low fuel consumption of 74.3 mpg and CO2 emissions of 99 g/km. The Cooper D Hatch accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 9.7 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 123mph. As with all PSA 1.6 110 diesels, the torque of 270 Nm is available from a relatively low 1,750 rpm.  The less powerful MINI One D Hatch (90hp as compared to the Cooper D’s 112) has a torque value of 215Nm available from the same low engine rev range but still reaches 62mph in 11.4 seconds and hits a top speed of 115 mph.

The new diesel-powered MINIs employ fuel-saving and emission-lowering technology including Brake Energy Regeneration, Auto Start-Stop, Gearshift Indicator, Electromechanical Power Steering and demand-controlled auxiliary units such as the alternator.  All of these technologies and the standard six-speed manual gearbox play a role as it ekes the most out of every drop of fuel while also minimising the tailpipe emissions.

A diesel particulate filter and an oxidation catalyst is standard fitment on all the new MINI diesel models, including the 90. They share the same housing and operate maintenance-free for life.  As with all MINI models they all comply with the EU5 emission standard.

New models:  MINI Convertible with diesel power for the first time

For the first time in MINI history a diesel engine will appear under the bonnet of an open MINI when the MINI Cooper D Convertible joins the range in August.  Using the same 112hp engine as the Hatch, the Convertible accelerates to 62mph in just 10.3 seconds and can reach a top speed of 121mph.  Despite this performance potential, the MINI Cooper D Convertible sips diesel fuel at a parsimonious 70 mpg and emits just 105g/km of CO2, the lowest emitting and most economical ‘full’ convertible vehicle on the UK market today.

Like the Convertible models, the fresh visual cues apply to the Clubman models as well.  Similar record efficiency values apply to the diesel-engined Clubman range that includes the all new MINI One D Clubman for the first time.  Both display comparable performance to the Hatch as well as similar miserly fuel consumption and low emissions.  The Clubman is also equipped with a new retractable cargo cover in the luggage compartment.

Full performance data is contained below:

  Power (hp) Torque (Nm) 0-62 mph
Top speed
Cons. Mpg
(g CO2 /km)
MINI ONE D Hatch 90 215 11.4 115 74.3 99
MINI Cooper D Hatch 112 270 9.7 123 74.3 99
MINI One D Clubman 90 215 11.8 114 72.4 103
MINI  Cooper D Clubman 112 270 10.2 123 72.4 103
MINI Cooper D Convertible 112 270 10.3 121 70.6 105

Design changes - all the fun of the flair

All existing MINI models – Hatch, Clubman and Convertible – benefit from design refreshments to both exterior and interior.  At the front, a new bumper with a lower air intake serves not only to update MINI’s face but also to improve pedestrian protection courtesy of larger deformation zones.  New style fog lamps adorn either side of the air intake which on MINI One and Cooper features a black cross bar to emphasize the car’s low, wide stance.  On the Cooper S two purposeful air intakes feed the brake discs and enhance the sporting intent of this model.

The round MINI headlights display new light elements, with optional Xenon lamps featuring Adaptive headlights (bendy lights) as an option.  A new side indicator has a distinctive design of concentric circles and sits in the redesigned side gill housings.

At the rear, a new bumper the tail and brake lights are now LEDs while the brake lights use dynamic intensity lighting that varies according to the deceleration force applied.  Pulsating light affords following drivers an opportunity to gauge the urgency of the braking manoeuvre.  The LED design also gives a distinctive light design at night.  Integrated reversing and rear fog lamps are also new and are housed in the rear bumper.

Along with five new dynamic paint colours and five new alloy wheel designs the new MINI models are subtlely different, yet immediately distinctive.

Interior style

The interior of all MINI models has undergone a significant makeover too.   The centre console, the steering wheel and the air conditioning and audio controls have all been modified to enhance the elegance and premium quality of the MINI range.  They also serve to add functionality and improved ergonomics for MINI owners.  Apart from the practical benefits of the new interiors, the ambience is further enhanced by new materials and colour lines.  In total there are six new upholstery choices, three new fascia options and two new interior colour lines for door and side panels.

Inverse colour option for MINI JCW

The MINI John Cooper Works and JCW Clubman have not been left out of the changes.  For the first time a MINI model will be offered with an Inverse colour option.  It is Chili red with a contrasting colour for the roof and door mirrors.  Complementing this unique and striking body treatment will be the option of Black Challenge alloy wheels, while inside the standard equipment includes anthracite instruments, a Chili red fascia, black lounge leather seats with red piping, red stitching on the gear-and hand-brake lever and red trim on the ignition key.

The world is Connected with MINI

Information and entertainment on the move are a growing element in 21st century living.  MINI has responded in the refreshed range with a new audio, Bluetooth and navigation systems that offer countless opportunities for the integration of external audio sources and mobile phones.

All radio systems in the refreshed MINI range are equipped with a CD player and AUX-in connection that supports MP3 players and features DAB radio standard across the MINI range with the exception of the MINI First model.  The optional MINI Radio Visual Boost and MINI Navigation system use a 6.5” high resolution widescreen colour monitor in the centre of the dashboard and the redesigned navigation system now incorporates an much improved map display layout.  The Centre console, meanwhile, houses Bluetooth hands-free phone preparation including a USB interface.  These interacting technologies permit audio streaming from appropriate mobile devices and the display of album covers and innovative office functions.  Apple iPod compatible videos can also be stored on the board monitor.

MINI Connected (optional) now offers owners of an Apple iPhone a range of functionality including web radio, which allows you to listen to any radio station in the world that has a web address, Google Local Search and Google Send to Car.  The system can also receive RSS news feeds (such as Reuters, BBC, Channel 4, Yahoo , Google and many more) and uses a range of MINI services.  Users can even call up Facebook and Twitter messages or play videos on the central display as well as send standard text messages. With the voice control option messages can be readout on a text-to-speech function.

The world does indeed come into your MINI.

Enhancements to standard specification:

  • All Cooper S models now have a 3 spoke sports leather steering wheel as standard
  • All MINI models (except MINI First) have DAB radio as standard equipment
  • All MINI models now have heated mirrors and washer jets as standard equipment

Options to go

MINI has also introduced new optional equipment usually found on cars in higher segments.  Here are just three:

  • Adaptive headlights that ‘steer’ round corners to give the driver a better view when turning in the dark.
  • Ambient lighting uses LEDs using a wide spectrum of colours inside the cabin.
  • Automatic dimming exterior rear view mirrors.
  • MINI Visual Boost Radio with 6.5” windscreen display
  • MINI Connected

 “Within six months all MINI models, both petrol and diesel, will have been equipped with new engines, a fresh new face and sub-100 gram CO2 emissions” said Goller.  “With MINI Countryman joining the range in September too I seem to be blessed with more good news than I could ever hope for.  It is going to be an exciting time in MINI and also for MINI fans and customers” he concluded.


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