Updated February 19th, 2024 at 16:23 IST

Mini Cooper unveils last ICE vehicle, marking e-mobility shift

British automotive maker Mini Cooper has announced the fourth-generation Cooper petrol hatchback

Reported by: Business Desk
Mini Cooper unveils last ICE vehicle, marking e-mobility shift | Image:Mini Cooper
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New-generation car: British automotive maker Mini Cooper has announced the fourth-generation Cooper petrol hatchback, the brand's penultimate combustion-engined model. This new vehicle will be available in three and five-door configurations, as well as a soft-top convertible and a performance-oriented John Cooper Works version, according to the company.

The next-generation model will be constructed in the brand's Oxford facility, and it has many of the same design characteristics inside and out as the EV variant, it said.

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Exterior, Interior

The petrol variant of the latest Mini Cooper features streamlined LED headlights, big hexagonal body-coloured grille, and triangular matrix LED tail lights, it added.

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The horizontal gap between the top intakes holds BMW's smallest radar sensor, which works in conjunction with 12 ultrasonic sensors to provide driver assistance functions.

Inside the new petrol 3-door, a simple dashboard design highlights the OLED infotainment display in the middle. Mini claims that this is the first round OLED touchscreen in a production vehicle, displaying important information like road speed and fuel economy at the top and a menu bar at the bottom.

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The gear selector is placed within a toggle bar, together with other vital functions such as the parking brake, start/stop key, experience mode switch, and volume control. Instead, the centre console will receive a wireless charging station.

Powertrain

Under the hood, buyers will find an upgraded 1.5-litre B38 three-cylinder and 2.0-litre B48 four-cylinder engines dubbed the Mini Cooper C and Mini Cooper S.

The former generates 156 PS and 230 Nm of torque, accelerates from 0 to 100 kmph in 7.7 seconds.

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The Mini Cooper S produces 204 PS and 300 Nm, enough to complete the 100 kmph race in 6.6 seconds. Both models come with automatic transmissions alone.

Mini currently offers the third-generation Cooper hatchback in India with both petrol and electric engine options, and we expect the fourth-generation range to arrive later this year.

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The petrol-powered vehicle is currently available for  Rs 42.70 lakh, while the EV starts from Rs 53.50 lakh.

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Published February 19th, 2024 at 16:23 IST