• Sep 28th 2006 at 11:06AM
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BMW officially showed its 2007 MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S models to the press a few weeks ago, but today it made its auto show debut in Paris. Featuring a new engine, new body design, and a restyled interior, the new MINI doesn't mess with the formula that has made it a runaway sales success since its launch in 2001. At first glance a carbon copy of the original, every body panel is new and stretched over a slightly bigger area.

Under the reskin, the new MINI plays follow the leader to keep the winning formula of go-kart handling and a pleasant ride. Now propelled by a BMW-sourced engine family, the newest MINIs don't offer a huge jump in power, but should offer a little more refinement. The new 1.6-liter engine develops 120 hp and 103 ft-lbs of torque in the normally aspirated Cooper. With a turbocharger, the Cooper S gets a more robust 175 hp and 177 ft-lbs. of torque. Both models will be available with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Apparently gone for good are the CVTs of the previous model. Early in 2007, Europeans will also be able to choose the new MINI One, powered by a 95 hp 1.4-liter engine. A new MINI turbodiesel powerplant will be introduced at the same time.

(Lots more live and press pics and press release after the jump)

Press Release

World Debut of the new MINI
(Short Version)

A unique story of success is entering the next round: The MINI, the world's
best-selling small premium car, is entering its second model generation.
Making its world debut at the 2006 Paris Motor Show, the new MINI is really
new in every respect five years after its predecessor entered the market.
As the top performer in its class, the new MINI is making its way to the road
with brand-new four-cylinder power units. And despite even better
performance and sportiness, the new MINI is even more economical and
fuel-efficient than its predecessor.

Outside, the design of the new MINI has gone through a careful process
of evolution retaining the characteristic look of the brand. Inside,
the new generation has been revolutionised in intelligent and trendy style.
New equipment features enhance motoring comfort and driving pleasure
in the new MINI to a new standard never seen before.

Entering the market in late 2006, the new MINI Cooper S and the new
MINI Cooper will both be making their appearance first. The new
MINI Cooper S is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine developing
maximum output of 128 kW/175 hp. Acceleration to 100 km/h comes
in 7.1 seconds, top speed is 225 km/h or 140 mph. Average fuel consumption
in the EU test cycle, in turn, is a mere 6.9 litres/100 kilometres,
equal to 40.9 mpg Imp.

The 1.6-litre normal-aspiration power unit in the MINI Cooper develops
maximum output of 88 kW/120 hp, accelerating the car from 0–100 km/h in
9.1 seconds and good for a top speed of 203 km/h or 126 mph. Average
fuel consumption of the new MINI Cooper is just 5.8 litres/100 kilometres or
48.7 mpg Imp.

The "basic" version, the new MINI One featuring a 1.4-litre 70 kW/95 hp
four-cylinder power unit, will be entering the market in the first half of 2007.
And, finally, there will also be a new MINI featuring the most advanced
and sophisticated turbodiesel technology.

All versions of the new MINI naturally retain that go-kart feeling so typical of
the car thanks to its low centre of gravity, wide track and "one-wheel-
at-every-corner" concept. Given the wide range of innovations on the engine,

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      The "eye-hole cutouts" are new, as the previous headlight assembly was part of the hood (vs. now integrated into the car).

      Overall the interior refinement looks a lot better. I like the soft touch materials used, and that back-lighting on the interior side panels is sexy. The integrated stereo looks better than it did in the pre-production version; just make sure you option your stereo for the long haul, no aftermarket there!
      • 9 Years Ago
      140mph with 172hp & 126 mph with 118hp, this mini has seen some windtunnel time.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Have they always had those headlight "eyehole cutouts" in the hood? Never noticed that before. Seems to elinimate the need for a quarter panel, I guess...
      • 9 Years Ago
      I hope they improved the interior's fit and finish. That is where the old model had some setbacks.

      • 9 Years Ago
      Looks like old damn thing! They spend millions on this? What kind of crack addicts are designing for BMW? Oh, wait...BMW. BMW's been churning out the same stuff to the same poseurs for decades. This is a total bore; up there with the "new" G35.
      • 9 Years Ago
      they ruined it, its bigger and softer. was fun while it lasted
      • 9 Years Ago
      No it doesn't. Same look, but the nose is a lot bigger, the interior has a lot more room by the cupholders (the only complaint about my MINI) and the front and rear light are much bigger. I like it... but I like mine better.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Finally a turbocharged engine, this is going to be fun with tuners, but I don't like the new front end.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This looks exactly like the current model
      • 9 Years Ago
      They took away the good door handles for passengers to use during autocross/track days! Ah!
      • 9 Years Ago
      There is a small "glich" in the article. The gasoline engines are not inhouse BMW they are a Peugeot/BMW consortium. This engines will also feature in future Peugeot models.

      Off the record, The Mini future diesel engines may be one of the Peugeot HDI Line, the 1.6 with 90/110 cv.
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