THE MOST STYLISH MINI COOPERS IN THE UAE
The Mini autobrand is evidence of how well small packages can carry big things. Originally a British automaker, the MIni first produced its marques in 1959, creating ardent fans. The fact that such a small car could accommodate passengers and luggage and perform better than some big cars popularized this marque in the ‘60s. The brand has changed many hands in terms of management without compromising on its fame and reputation and as of 2000, the automaker was fully acquired by BMW. The following are some of the renowned Mini cars that can never go out of style.
MINI COOPER S
The Mini Cooper S is a popular hatch that was first designed by Frank Stephenson, drawing inspiration from the original two-door Mini. It came into the market in 2000 and is currently in the third generation of production. A facelift of the Mini Cooper S was done on the 2014 model, albeit retaining the basic looks of the original car. The 2018 Mini Hatch is not any different on the outside but the interior now includes a 6.5 inch central display for base models and this can be upgraded to an 8.0 inch screen in upper trim levels. Tech upgrades also include Apple CarPlay feature that allows you to connect to your phone while driving. The engine of the 2018 Mini Cooper S is where most of the transformation and this model is powered by a 2.0L petrol engine with the options of a 6-speed manual or 7-speed Steptronic automatic transmission with double clutch gearbox. In addition to this, the Cooper S Chilli Pack now comes with the Sport, Mid and Green driving modes that can be selected using a switch in the centre console.
The Mini Countryman was debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 2010 and was BMW’s first Mini crossover SUV. This bigger Cooper was targeted at Mini Hatch owners who desired more space and it not only seats five people but has pretty decent cargo space. The engine comes in two options, the 1.6L petrol or diesel or 2.0L diesel four cylinder engines which can either be front wheel drive or all wheel drive. The six-speed manual transmission is availed in all the models with the option of an automatic transmission. Currently in its second generation of production, the 2017 model was unveiled in 2016 during the Los Angeles Auto Show and went on sale in February 2017. Besides an additional 8 inches, the Countryman will now be powered by the turbocharged 3-cylinder engine with the Cooper S trim having the 2.0L turbo I4 engine.
There is also a hybrid trim in this Mini Countryman range and this is the Cooper S E plug-in hybrid that produces 221hp with 49g of emissions per kilometre. On a 240 volt socket, the SE Hybrid can fully charge in 3 hrs, 15 minutes.
Mini also chose to offer the John Cooper Works (JCW) Countryman version in the 2017 range and this will be based on the Cooper S model but with minor modifications on its features. The 2017 JCW Countryman is powered by an upgraded 2.0L four cylinder petrol engine that produces 228hp thanks to an extra intercooler and a new heat-resistant turbo charger.
The Clubman is currently the biggest of all Mini productions. However, like both the Mini Hatch and the Mini Countryman, it started out as a small family car with the first generation debuting in 2007 based on the Mini Hatch. The second generation was unleashed in 2015 during the Frankfurt IAA Motor Show. Featuring a redesigned look that departed from the traditional Mini, the 2015 Clubman used the BMW UKL2 platform and at the time of its debut was the biggest Mini. A longer wheelbase made it more spacious albeit reeking of a BMW car stuck in a Mini outer cover. Mini used several softer materials on the interior and also added four passenger doors. The Mini Clubman received rave reviews for its big interior and cargo space. The 2017 Clubman is the ultimate symbol of success in the marriage between BMW and Mini. Not only is this car bigger and sportier, it features six doors and an additional 12.4 inches on its length and 4.6 inches on its width. The Clubman has sharper lines that give it a sleeker and classier look. Furthermore, it also comes with a technologically enhanced interior and boasts of superior handling.