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Christopher Bruce2014-01-07 15:32:07

Mini Prepping Five-Door Next Generation Cooper

It also plans Clubman wagon and Countryman crossover variants

 
 
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All future Mini variants will ride on the front-wheel drive UKL platform

BMWBMWBMWGermany, 1918 > present87 models
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has made it no secret that its front-wheel drive UKL platform is considered vital for its future. It has seen that Mercedes’Mercedes-BenzMercedes-BenzGermany, 1924 > present197 models
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front-wheel drive compacts were a huge success in 2013, and it wants to follow the market. The UKL will debut on the third generation Mini CooperMINI 3MINI (BMW) MINI 3Germany, 2014 > present32 versions
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, and it has been spotted testing a five-door variant of the Cooper that could be on sale by the end of 2014.

The five-door Cooper will ride on a longer wheelbase version of the UKL chassis, which will add interior room over the three-door Cooper.

In addition to the five-door Cooper, there will also be a ClubmanClubman Gen.1MINI (BMW) Clubman Gen.1Germany, 2007 > 201465 versions
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wagon on the same platform and will likely go on sale in 2015. The Clubman will have larger doors and a longer rear for added room.

For 2016, Mini will add the CountrymanCountryman Gen.1 [R60]MINI (BMW) Countryman Gen.1 [R60]Germany, 2010 > present57 versions
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compact crossover on the same platform.

All of the new Mini models will use variants of BMW’s new 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged and 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engines.

The UKL platform supports front- or all-wheel drive, but the AWD variants will likely be limited to models like the Clubman and Countryman.

Source: Autocar

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