It offers more features, colors than the base Mini at a lower price.
They may be taking this British thing too far.
Mini owners will be able to create their own colors, texts and even their own signatures using an online configurator.
Mini will offer its latest special-edition Hardtop in two- and four-door varieties, as well as on the three-cylinder Cooper and the four-cylinder Cooper S.
Enthusiasts seeking a four-door JCW Mini Hardtop can now get the next best thing with the 208-horsepower Carbon Edition that's limited to 150 units in the US.
Mini is recalling 86,000 early models over concerns that the power steering can fail, and this isn't the first time the automaker has had problems with the steering gear on first-gen Coopers.
BMW is recalling 6,073 examples of the i3 and Mini Hardtops because of a manufacturing error with their passenger's side airbag modules. The parts need to be replaced.
The new Mini Cooper Hardtop only recently reached the market, but already BMW is having to recall a limited number of the hatchbacks.
We've seen it in super high-res glory, and we can even build one on the automaker's website, but the Paris Motor Show marks the official coming out party for the new Mini Hardtop 4 Door (which is what it's called in the US, despite this Euro car having "5 Door" badging).
UPDATE: Information on US availability, specification and nomenclature added to the updated text below.
Is Mini constricting its staggering array of model variants or expanding it? That depends largely on which way you look at it. Because while some models may not make the cut as the second-generation family is gradually replaced with the third, others appear to be joining the fold. They just might not bear different model names.
There's not really any way around it - the new Mini Hardtop isn't all that mini. Considering its supposed to be the smallest model in the brand's lineup, this is hardly desirable. It's good news, then, that rumors are cropping up of a smaller Mini, based on the well-received Rocketman Concept that debuted in 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show
Remember the Mini Rocketman concept from 2011? While we were really, really hoping for a production version – a properly mini Mini – that never happened. And it won't. But what we are getting is a whole lot of that showcar's styling cue
There are occasions in life when something happens in the outside world and I think, "Damn. I wish Dad was here so we could talk about this."
As we approach the November 18 debut of the new Mini Hardtop, the trickle of news is starting to increase. We've already shown you the exterior of the new hatchback, and now we can show you the interior. These images, captured by
Miniacs, note November 18 on your calendar. That's when the all-new Mini Hardtop will debut. Now, this might not be a great deal of news, after all, we already showed you the car, codenamed F56, a few weeks ago. But this full unveiling should bring with it even more detailed exterior images, a full look at the cabin and if we're lucky, performance numbers.
Mini is preparing to launch the third-generation of its trademark three-door hatch, and while we've already shown you that car mostly devoid of camouflage in spy shots, the BMW-owned brand has still seen fit to release a concept that previews the new design. Called the Mini Vision, it looks broadly similar to th