The Mini is a small economy car made by the British Motor Corporation known as BMC. The original is considered a British icon of the 1960’s. Its space-saving front-wheel drive layout, allowing 80 percent of the area of the car’s space to be used for passengers and luggage – influenced a generation of car makers. The vehicle is in some ways said to be the British equivalent of its German contemporary the Volkswagen Beetle, or the Italian Fiat 500. In 1999 the Mini was voted the second most effective car of the 20th century, behind the Ford Model T. On introduction in August 1959 the Mini was marketed under the Austin and Morris names, as the Austin Seven and Morris Mini-Minor. Mini is a British automotive marque owned by BMW specializing in small cars comparable the original Mini. India is a country with the quality cars mini is one of them. Now Mini Cooper is launching its S segment in the Indian market next month 2015.
According to a report, the petrol powered MINI Cooper S will going be launched in Indian Automobile sector by the end of March 2015. In this Mini, the grille of this car is now more oval-shaped, the headlights feature LED rings and there’s the deeper front bumper and signature bonnet rally scoop. The Cooper S sits on 16-inch alloy wheels. More interestingly though, it’s 1998cc twin-scroll turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine is 400cc bigger than the unit it replaces, making it the largest-capacity petrol engine ever to be offered in a Mini hatchback. It is, however, 7kg lighter than the old power-plant.
The report continues that the vehicle will be available in a 3-door version only. Internationally, the Cooper S draws power from a 2-litre engine that makes 189 hp of power and 279 Nm of torque. In India, it will come mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Inside the utterly redesigned cabin, there is a nicely proportioned leather-bound steering wheel, stylish instrument graphics, more equipment and more supportive seats. But it feels very much a Mini in here – large windows, retro toggles and all. It sounds rather sporty too from the exhausts as you lift off the throttle more. India will get the automatic transmission gearbox Mini, and on the new Sport automatic gearbox, shifts are really quick. Thankfully, the BMW-like pull-push paddles have made way for more intuitive +/- ones.
Launched last year as a CBU import, the new MINI is available in both 3-door and 5-door versions. While the diesel powered car went on sale right at the time of launch, the petrol Cooper S was expected in the first quarter of 2015. Prices for the MINI Cooper D start at INR 32.65 lakhs, while the Cooper S will be pricier than the Cooper D by less than 10 per cent, the publication was told by a company official.
As concerning about the driving and Mini is a car you can think of as the level up of the Mini siblings. The big news is its adoption of a new three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine (similar to the one on the BMW i8). Mini claims it’s way more efficient than the outgoing Cooper but what really took us by surprise was the level of refinement. There are no vibrations to speak of and its quiet too. Turbocharging and a whole host of technology from BMW’s bag of tricks find their way here and they seem to do a splendid job. There’s a lag-free and clean delivery of power and you can drive it hard too. Just don’t expect it to sound spectacular – that three-cylinder thrum is always audible. Sound apart, there’s little else wrong with the Cooper. Still, if you can, get the S for the true Mini experience.
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