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New 2014 Mini Cooper Shrinks Fuel Consumption, Expands Size

By: Jeff Youngs, 11/19/2013
A redesigned 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop debuted at the Oxford, England, assembly plant where it is built, in advance of its first North American appearance at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Instantly familiar thanks to its iconic design, the new Cooper is nevertheless thoroughly updated.

Bigger outside and roomier inside, the new 2014 Mini Cooper is more powerful and fuel-efficient than the 2013 model. The standard model derives significant benefit from engineering changes, thanks to its new turbocharged, 1.5-liter 3-cylinder power plant. The new engine makes 134 horsepower and up to 170 lb.-ft. of torque, spread across the rev range from 1,250 rpm to 6,000 rpm. The result is a car that accelerates to 60 mph much quicker than its predecessor, at fewer than 8 seconds, according to Mini. Mini also says it expects at least a 25% improvement in fuel economy from this model.

A performance-oriented Cooper S returns to the lineup, equipped with a new turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 189 horsepower and as much as 221 lb.-ft. of torque. The power spread for this model is similarly broad, giving the Cooper S greater acceleration compared with the standard model, Mini says.

Manual and automatic transmissions return, each equipped with 6 forward speeds. For 2014, a new Sports Automatic is available as an option. To help conserve fuel, the Cooper is equipped with a Green driving mode that decouples the engine from the drivetrain when the car is coasting. Additionally, the driver can select Mid and Sport driving modes.

Numerous paint, wheel, trim, seat upholstery, and décor options are available to help buyers personalize their cars, in keeping with modern Mini tradition. Options include a range of convenience, infotainment, and safety upgrades that can quickly inflate the price tag.

For 2014, the Cooper is offered with a new 8.8-inch color touch-screen infotainment system with enhanced Mini Connected services including Emergency Calling, access to favorite social media platforms, and popular Internet radio stations. Additionally, the new Cooper can be fitted with collision-warning and pedestrian-warning systems.

More details are available in our full 2014 Mini Cooper preview.

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