How soon will the MINI Coopers be powered by the new engines?
Previously, we showed a preview of what the future MINI Cooper will look like. The preview focused more on aesthetic and entertainment developments that are probably bound to happen in the coming model. This time around, MINI announced details on the engines and chassis that will be integrated with its future models, and possibly the 2014 MINI Cooper.
The future MINI models will be the first to use both 3-cylinder and 4-cylinder gasoline engines that are meant to improve the performance and fuel consumption of the cars. The 1.5 liter 3-cylinder engine will be capable of producing 136 PS and 220 Nm; with a brief overboost, it can go up to 230 Nm. On the other hand, its 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine is capable of 192 PS and 280 Nm, and raised to 300 Nm with the overboost. These engines can be paired with either the newly developed manual or automatic transmission.
Aside from turbochargers, features used in these engines include direct fuel injection, variable camshaft control on the intake and outlet sides, and BMW’s VALVETRONIC system. The compact engines comply with the EU6 exhaust standard. Furthermore, future MINI models will have improvements in the chassis, an advanced brake system, new generation EPS, and adjustable dampers.
Stay tuned for the launch of a new MINI on November 18, 2013. Will it be the first model to showcase one of the two new engines?