After being introduced to the fifth generation Mini Cooper in fully electric form last year, we now get to say hello to the petrol-powered C and S variants which are set to arrive in New Zealand in the third quarter of 2024.
First things first, little has changed compared to the EV as far as looks go, apart from the octagonal grille up front spawning two new openings for cooling.
It’s a similar story inside, with the round 240mm OLED display taking pride of place on the dashboard which is where you’ll be able to view all relevant vehicle-related information like speed and fuel consumption, in addition to controlling the infotainment functions.
The screen sits above Mini’s tried-and-true toggle/button bar which controls the parking brake, gear selection, start/stop, volume control, and more, while a wireless charging shelf for devices can be found below.
With the rear seat folded down, luggage capacity increases from 210 litres to up to 800.
One of the Cooper’s party tricks is an optional illuminated dashboard, with two projector units beaming graphics onto the fabric-clad dashboard depending on what ‘Experience Mode’ you have selected.
Locally offered cars will come in four different trims, including Essential, Classic, Favoured, and JCW. Each exterior paint finish can be contrasted with one of four different roof colours, while a range of new wheel designs sized from 16- to 18-inch set the overall look of the car off.
Those who opt for the Favoured trim can also choose from a distinct multitone roof which features a three-colour gradient.
Two engines will be able to choose from, with the C getting the smallest of the pair – a three-cylinder that produces 115kW and 230Nm of torque. The S on the other hand comes equipped with a more feisty 150kW/300Nm four-cylinder that can accelerate the hatchback from 0 to 100km/h in 6.6 seconds.
Safety and driver assistance features include lane keep assist, automatic speed and distance control, as well as a safe exit function that warns occupants of approaching road users before a door is opened.
Local pricing and specification for the new petrol-powered Mini Cooper C and S will be announced closer to each model’s arrival later this year.