BMW has released the first set of official shots of its latest cheeky little Mini Cooper hatch. Set to go on sale early next year, the new vehicle will give you a choice of two gasoline engines that are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The second generation Mini will also sport a longer wheelbase measuring 97.1 inches (around 2466 mm), which is 6.5 inches longer than that of its main competitor: the Italian city car Fiat 500.
Although being 2.76 inches longer, the new Mini will preserve their distinctive looks, including the famous white roof and large headlights.
Inside, both the Mini Cooper and the Mini Cooper S feature the same 1.6-liter flat-four engine.
The one installed into the base Mini Cooper version sports Valvetronic technology and produces up to 120 horsepower reached at 6,000 and 118 lb-ft (160 Nm) of torque.
More powerful Mini Cooper S model is equipped with the same engine sporting a turbocharger that helps the tiny motor to achieve a maximum power of 175 hp @ 5,500 rpm, and produce a pretty much impressive peak torque of 177 lb-ft (240 Nm).
To make the hot Mini a little safer, BMW has introduced curtain airbags and seatbelt force limiters available to all passengers.
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