The latest update to the Mini Cooper lineup has been revealed, with the petrol variant of the 2024 three-door hatch set for arrival in Australian showrooms during the third quarter of 2024. This update, more substantial than previous facelifts, introduces a fresh interior and updated exterior aesthetics aligned with the new, fully electric Cooper model. The electric version marks a departure, being constructed on a novel platform in collaboration with Great Wall Motors in China.
The 2024 Mini Cooper, retaining its petrol roots, enhances its legacy with significant upgrades, leading to the introduction of a new internal model designation, moving from F56 to F66.
This strategy of evolving through extensive facelifts rather than complete redesigns is seen as a cost-efficient approach, allowing Mini to allocate more resources towards the development of future electric vehicles. The petrol models will continue to be manufactured in China.
Distinctive features of the petrol Mini Cooper include traditional door handles, a clamshell bonnet, black wheel arch trim, and a long front overhang that have been carried over from its predecessor.
It also shares key design elements with the electric variant, like the front bumper design, triangular tail-lights, and new wheel designs, while simplifying its appearance by removing the faux bonnet vent.
At launch, two petrol engines will be available: a 115kW/230Nm 1.5-litre turbo three-cylinder for the Cooper C, and a 150kW/300Nm 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder for the Cooper S, both paired with seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions.
Notably, these engines offer increased power outputs compared to their predecessors, with the Cooper C and S engines up by 15kW/10Nm and 9kW/20Nm respectively. A new JCW edition is anticipated, promising even greater performance.
Mini has not disclosed the dimensions of the new Cooper, but it is reported to be slightly larger due to new bumpers and wider tires. The interior showcases a 9.4-inch circular OLED touchscreen integrated into a minimalist dashboard design.
Additionally, the vehicle boasts a host of modern features, including multiple LED light signature options, synthetic leather upholstery, a panoramic glass roof, and advanced safety technologies like a modern lane-keep assist system.
This model year will see the Mini Cooper available in several trim levels internationally, with a selection of 16 to 18-inch alloy wheels and an optional three-tone contrast roof. Australian pricing and further details are to be announced closer to the vehicle's launch date.
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