MINI goes larger with a new look in 2014
MINI Cooper has released the details on the third generation of the popular vehicle and it is debuting with a new platform which has been dubbed “UKL”.
This evolution provides a fresh look for the car though it does have a slightly larger size along with improved safety features and overall quality. Also included are LED headlamps with a head-up display and the MINI Connected infortainment system. The new design makes the MINI 4.5 inches longer and 1.7 inches wider. Additionally, the wheelbase has been extended to a total of 98.2 inches which has allowed automotive designers to increase the storage space up to 8.7 cubic feet which is 3 cubic feet more.
Other new elements can be found in the interior and while MINI retains their signature round cluster dials, the speedometer and tachometer are shown within an instrument cluster on the steering column.
The new generation – Gen3 – will be made available for sale to the public in March 2014; however, only the ‘Hardtop’ model will be made available. The Clubman, Countryman, and ever popular Convertible will be released in upcoming years.
The Hardtop does offer features that are certain to appeal to the performance fans with new ‘Driving Modes” which will allow individual setups for the steering and curve of the accelerator in addition to the actual engine acoustics, ambient lighting, and shift times of the automatic transmission.
The MINI Connected infotainment system allows passengers to remain connected by offering integration of smartphones within the car and internet-based services for both the Apple and Android operating systems.