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MINI Says New EV Will Be A “Genuine MINI” With Unique Styling Cues 11
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, MINI, Reports on 01 11th, 2018


MINI’s head of design has revealed some new details about the company’s future and its upcoming electric vehicle.

In an interview-style press release, Oliver Heilmer said the company’s product range is “very good” but admitted “our path can not only be evolutionary.” As he explained, advances in technology are changing the world of design and MINI needs to look to a future with autonomous driving technology and electric mobility.

Speaking of technology, Heilmer said drivers should be able to “communicate and interact” with their MINI like friends instead of using menus and clicks. This change is coming pretty soon as the BMW Group has already announced plans to integrate Amazon’s Alexa into BMW and MINI models starting later this year.

Heilmer says he believes the “MINI in the future will be pure electric” and noted EVs give designers “whole new freedoms as far as interior space and proportions are concerned.”

MINI has plans to launch an electric vehicle in 2019 and it was recently previewed by a concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Heilmer didn’t say much about the vehicle but stated it will be a “genuine MINI” and revealed its electric nature will be “visible in its details – e.g. unconventional and innovative details which reference the traditional MINI world but which at the same time combine it with new technologies.” He went on to say the model will benefit from 3D printing but stated “we’re still working intensively on the design and there are still decisions to be taken.”

Note: MINI Electric Concept pictured

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2019 MINI Hatch And Convertible Get A Facelift For Detroit 10
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, Galleries, MINI, MINI Convertible, MINI Hatch on 01 10th, 2018


MINI has taken the wraps off the facelifted three- and five-door hatchbacks as well as the convertible.

On the styling front, the models gain restyled headlights, updated alloy wheels, and two-dimensional MINI logos. Buyers will also find Union Jack-inspired taillights and a revised color palette that now includes Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metallic. There’s also a new Piano Black Exterior package that replaces the car’s chrome trim with high-gloss black accents.

Moving into the cabin, drivers will find a new three-spoke steering wheel and an upgraded entry-level audio system with a 6.5-inch color display. The cars also gain several new options including Malt Brown Chesterfield leather upholstery, an 8.8-inch touchscreen navigation system, and a wireless smartphone charger. The MINI Yours Interior Style Piano Black package has also been updated to include illuminated trim strips.

Speaking of updates, the MINI Connected system gains several new features including real time traffic information, a personal concierge service, and access to the MINI Online portal which provides drivers with news, weather information, and local fuel prices.

While the styling changes are relatively minor, MINI says engineers made changes to the “TwinPower Turbo Technology, engine electronics, oil supply, intake air ducting, the cooling system, and the exhaust systems.” The company also decided to make the engine covers out of carbon fiber reinforced plastic to reduce weight.

In Europe, the hatchbacks will be offered with seven engines which have outputs ranging from 75 PS (55 kW) to 192 PS (141 kW) in the Cooper S. The MINI Convertible offers six engines and the base unit is rated at 102 PS (75 kW). Depending on which engine is selected, it can be paired to a six-speed manual transmission, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, or an eight-speed automatic.

The updated MINI lineup with debut at the North American International Auto Show and in the United States they will be sold as 2019 models.

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2019 MINI Hatch And Convertible Get A Facelift For Detroit 10
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, Galleries, MINI, MINI Convertible, MINI Hatch on 01 10th, 2018


MINI has taken the wraps off the facelifted three- and five-door hatchbacks as well as the convertible.

On the styling front, the models gain restyled headlights, updated alloy wheels, and two-dimensional MINI logos. Buyers will also find Union Jack-inspired taillights and a revised color palette that now includes Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metallic. There’s also a new Piano Black Exterior package that replaces the car’s chrome trim with high-gloss black accents.

Moving into the cabin, drivers will find a new three-spoke steering wheel and an upgraded entry-level audio system with a 6.5-inch color display. The cars also gain several new options including Malt Brown Chesterfield leather upholstery, an 8.8-inch touchscreen navigation system, and a wireless smartphone charger. The MINI Yours Interior Style Piano Black package has also been updated to include illuminated trim strips.

Speaking of updates, the MINI Connected system gains several new features including real time traffic information, a personal concierge service, and access to the MINI Online portal which provides drivers with news, weather information, and local fuel prices.

While the styling changes are relatively minor, MINI says engineers made changes to the “TwinPower Turbo Technology, engine electronics, oil supply, intake air ducting, the cooling system, and the exhaust systems.” The company also decided to make the engine covers out of carbon fiber reinforced plastic to reduce weight.

In Europe, the hatchbacks will be offered with seven engines which have outputs ranging from 75 PS (55 kW) to 192 PS (141 kW) in the Cooper S. The MINI Convertible offers six engines and the base unit is rated at 102 PS (75 kW). Depending on which engine is selected, it can be paired to a six-speed manual transmission, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, or an eight-speed automatic.

The updated MINI lineup with debut at the North American International Auto Show and in the United States they will be sold as 2019 models.

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MINI Tipped To Reveal Updated Hatchbacks, Convertible In Detroit 8
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Detroit-Auto-Show, MINI, MINI Convertible, MINI Hatch, Reports on 01 8th, 2018


It may not seem that long ago that Mini rolled out the current core of its range (pictured). But it’s been four years now, which means it’s about time for a refresh. And that’s just what the British marque has in store for this year’s Detroit Auto Show.

Autonews reports that BMW’s little retro brand will showcase updated versions of the three- and five-door Hardtop hatchbacks along with a similarly revised version of the convertible next week at the Cobo Center in the heart of the Michigan metropolis.

We aren’t expecting much cosmetic deviation from the brand’s signature retro style, however changes to the engines are anticipated to deliver better fuel economy. The new dual-clutch transmission may not make it to North America, but don’t be surprised to see some interior enhancements in store.

More than that, we couldn’t tell you at this point. But with the 2018 North American International Auto Show now just a week away, it won’t be long before we have all the details – so watch this space.

Note: Current-gen MINI pictured

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BMW Details New i3S’ Fast-Acting Traction Control System 3
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW i3, Electric Vehicles, MINI, Reports, Tech on 01 3rd, 2018


The traction control system in the new BMW i3S is said to respond 50 times faster than conventional driving stability systems.

Adapted specifically to BMW’s eDrive system, this new traction control tech improves traction and driving stability in adverse weather and road conditions. It helps during Brake Energy Regeneration, as well as when accelerating out of tight corners.

The secret is having the control process calculated directly in the powertrain instead of in a remote unit, which would require long signal paths.

“With their high levels of torque and instantaneous responses to every movement of the accelerator, electric motors already make significantly higher demands on driving stability systems than conventional power units,” said Peter Langer, head of Chassis Development at BMW.

The benefits of having shorter cycles aren’t however reserved just for EVs. According to BMW, their innovative traction control system will optimize traction, driving stability and driving dynamics in models with internal combustion engines as well – which is why it will be fitted to BMW and MINI models with front, rear and all-wheel drive in the future.



MINI Yours Customized Service Will Allow Owners To Create Custom Components 26
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in MINI on 12 26th, 2017


MINI offers an impressive array of customization options but the company is taking it one step further by announcing its new “MINI Yours Customized” service.

Designed to appeal to customization fanatics, the service allows owners to build unique components through a dedicated online shop. Once users customize their parts, they will be created using procedures such as 3D printing and laser etching. The parts will then be delivered to customers who can either install the components themselves or have a dealership do it.

The service will be offered in “Europe and other large markets” and it will allow owners to create custom “side scuttles” in Aspen White matte, Chili Red matte, Jet Black matte, Melting Silver matte, or White Silver matte. MINI says the customization options are nearly endless as they could include everything from the owner’s name to their favorite number.

Another exterior option involves the door projectors which can be modified to include special patterns or even the owner’s signature. The interior hasn’t been overlooked either as the service allows users to create customized illuminated door sill plates and bespoke trim for the passenger side dashboard.

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MINI Makes Clubman Cooper S A ‘Masterpiece’ Down Under 23
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Australia, Galleries, MINI, MINI Clubman, new cars, prices on 12 23rd, 2017


Special editions are two-a-penny these days, with practically every automaker offering at least one and, oftentimes, more in an effort to make their products more attractive – and, of course, charge their customers a little extra for the ‘privilege’.

MINI, for example, just launched a limited edition of the Clubman Cooper S that’s aimed exclusively at the Australian market and is named, quite boldly, the Masterpiece (yes, really…). Said version comes in just 30 examples, and can be found in certain dealerships across the country with a price tag of AUD $55,210 (USD $42,315).

The Clubman Cooper S Masterpiece Edition features a bunch of equipment from the MINI Yours catalog, including the exclusive White Silver exterior color, contrasting black accents, hood stripes, 18-inch alloy wheels finished in Dark Spectre Grey and ‘Masterpiece Edition’ badges.

MINI claims that the interior “captures your attention with its mix of premium materials and key technologies”, highlighting the individually numbered plaque, leather upholstery and anthracite headliner. It also gets a sports steering wheel, heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, a head-up display and an 8.8-inch infotainment system as standard.

Like the plain vanilla Clubman Cooper S, this limited edition is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which delivers 189PS (186hp) and 280Nm (207lb-ft) of torque that allow it to sprint from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in 7.1sec. According to the automaker, average fuel consumption is just 5.9 l/100 km (39.9 US mpg / 48 UK mpg) and CO2 emissions stand at 138 g/km.

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MINI Lineup Gains A New 7-Speed Double-Clutch Transmission 20
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in MINI, MINI Convertible, MINI Hatch on 12 20th, 2017


MINI has announced the three- and five-door hatchbacks as well as the convertible will be offered with a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Designed to offer “impressive shift dynamics for enhanced driving fun,” the gearbox combines two partial transmissions into a single housing.

As MINI explains, the “core element of the system consists of two oil-cooled wet clutches: one of these is responsible for the even transmission ratios (2, 4, 6) while the other is for the uneven ratios (1, 3, 5, 7) and reverse.” One of the clutches is always open and ready to respond within just a fraction of a second.

Thanks to this design, the gearbox is always ready to shift and this promises to make the car faster and smoother. The transmission has also been designed with efficiency in mind so it supports the engine start/stop system as well as the coasting function. The gearbox can also access GPS data on properly equipped vehicles.

As part of the switch, models equipped with the new transmission will be outfitted with a small electronic shifter that will always return to its original position after selecting between drive, neutral, and reverse. The shifter also has a park button and a Sport mode which can be easily selected.

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MINI Cars Getting New Simplified Logo In 2018 13
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Electric Vehicles, MINI, MINI Clubman, MINI Concepts, MINI Convertible, MINI Countryman, MINI Coupe/Roadster, MINI Hatch, MINI Paceman, MINI Videos, Reports, video on 12 13th, 2017


The BMW Group’s MINI brand has revealed a new logo, one which it says, combines “an awareness of traditional values” with “the spirit of future-oriented development”. The new MINI logo will be visible on the firm’s entire lineup from March 2018 onward.

The automaker hasn’t dramatically changed the design, as they took the current logo and simplified it, in a 2D version, with their name written in uppercase letters in the middle of a circle, flanked by restyled wings.

This combination dates back to the early years of the classic Mini, and combines brand’s traditional values with the modern era, which began in November 2000 under the BMW Group’s ownership, when the MINI as we have come to know it celebrated its public premiere.

Although the automaker doesn’t say it, there’s a very good chance that the minimalist logo marks a new beginning for the company, one where ‘electrification’ is the key word, and product expansion their main strategy.

As big of a deal as it may be for MINI, this isn’t the first time that they have shown their new logo, as it was actually revealed back in mid-2015, so it has taken them, in total, almost three years to finally apply it to their cars.

Note: MINI Electric Concept pictured

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MINI’s Reportedly Working On An Electric Crossover To Slot Beneath The Countryman 11
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, MINI, Reports on 12 11th, 2017


MINI is reportedly working on an all-new crossover which would slot beneath the Countryman.

Auto Express is reporting the model could be launched as early as 2021 and it will ride on an all-new platform which could eventually be shared with BMW 1-Series, 2-Series, X1, and i3. Little else is known about the model but the report claims the crossover will likely measure over four meters (13.1 feet) long which would make it about the same size as the upcoming Volkswagen T-Cross.

The crossover is also slated to be offered with an electric powertrain which isn’t too surprising as reports have suggested MINI could transition into an electric-only brand.

BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer declined to confirm rumors of an entry-level crossover but he told the publication “A small urban SUV is definitely a segment that is extremely interesting, but so far we haven’t made any decision on its direction.” Schwarzenbauer went on to say the company wouldn’t offer anything larger than the Countryman as a seven-seat crossover “would not fit with MINI’s DNA.”

If the report pans out, the crossover would join MINI’s electric hatchback which was recently previewed by a concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Paul McCartney’s DB5 Fetches $1.8 Million, Ringo’s Mini Sold To Spice Girl 9
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, auction, celebrities, Classics, MINI on 12 9th, 2017


Both the Aston Martin DB5 formerly owned by Paul McCartney and a classic Mini Cooper owned by Ringo Starr were sold at Bonhams’ London auction late last week.

Unsurprisingly, the DB5 attracted interested from many prospective buyers and was ultimately sold for $1.8 million, slightly more than pre-auction estimates.

McCartney purchased the DB5, in Sierra Blue with a black interior, in 1964 and initially registered it to his accounting firm, though it was soon registered directly to his name. After McCartney’s ownership, the DB5 passed through the hands of several other collectors, including Chris Evans. It was also restored and repainted in silver with a deep Mulberry red interior.

As for Ringo Starr’s Mini, it changed hands for a touch under $137,000 and was purchased by Geri Halliwell, aka Ginger Spice of the Spice Girls. This Mini is unique, as it was enlarged to fit Starr’s drum kit and outfitted with a reupholstered interior that includes numerous leather and wood trimmings.

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BMW Previews E-Mobility Roadmap, Hints At 0-62 MPH Time Of Under 3 Seconds 5
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, Electric Vehicles, MINI, PHEV on 12 5th, 2017


BMW is betting e-mobility will be the next big thing and the automaker has revealed its electrification plans through 2025.

As you can see in the company’s product roadmap, its next e-mobility vehicle will be the i8 Roadster which is a plug-in hybrid that recently debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It will be joined by another plug-in hybrid next year which appears to be a crossover.

MINI will launch an electric vehicle in 2019 and it will be followed by two or three plug-in hybrids that same year. 2020 will see the launch of the X3 EV and possibility a plug-in hybrid.

The EV push will really kick off in 2021 with the arrival of the often-talked about iNext. Following its debut, it will be joined by nine other electric vehicles.

In 2022, we can expect to see three different plug-in hybrids from the BMW Group. Over the course of the next three years, five other plug-in hybrids will be launched.

Models built from 2021 will be able to accommodate combustion engines, plug-in hybrid powertrains, and pure electric drive systems. The latter variants will have a lightweight aluminum casing that houses an electric motor, a single-speed transmission, and assortment of different electronics.

The vehicles are also slated to use modular batteries which will apparently come in three different sizes. The 30e and 40e variants will be used in “compact” and “executive” class vehicles and have either a 60 kWh battery pack that delivers approximately 450 km (278 miles) of range or a 90 kWh battery pack that increases the range to around 550 km (341 miles). “Luxury” class vehicles will use either the 40e or 50e battery pack with the latter boasting a 120 kWh rating and a range of around 700 km (435 miles).

Mainstream front-wheel drive electric vehicles will have an electric motor that develops more than 134 hp (100 kW). Likewise, mainstream rear-wheel drive models will have more than 268 hp (200 kW). All-wheel drive will be optional and the cars will accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in less than 6 to 9 seconds.

The performance vehicles are more interesting as they will have a front electric motor with more than 268 hp (200 kW). It can be backed up by two additional electric motors that each produce more than 268 hp (200 kW). The models are also slated to have an optional torque vectoring system and a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of less than three seconds.

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U Spy: BMW Testing 2019 3-Series Alongside Mini Prototype 5
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW Scoops, MINI, MINI Convertible, MINI Scoops, Scoops, U Spy on 12 5th, 2017


The G20 3-Series is one of the most eagerly anticipated cars set to debut in 2018, and a prototype was spotted by one of our readers in Slovenia just a few days ago.

It’s well covered up in camo, so we can’t make out all the details, but thanks to the light bouncing off the side of the car, we can actually see its creases really well. Unsurprisingly, the 2019 BMW 3-Series seems to take after its larger sibling, the 5-Series, and adopt a more dynamic exterior design than the current model.

What the car will look like inside is actually less of a mystery, since we have already seen a couple of prototypes with their windows cracked open. Aside from the new digital gauge display, we also noticed a new shifter design, which might be adopted by either all the range or just the iPerformance variant.

As for what we’re going to find underneath the hood of the G20 3-Series, we expect a wide range of petrol and diesel units joined by at least one electrified model.

So what about that camouflaged Mini Cabrio thas was following the Bimmer then? Unfortunately, there isn’t much we can tell you about it, though it could be hiding a few facelift-worthy upgrades, especially on the powertrain side, as its 1.5-liter petrol units are expected to get turbochargers with aluminum casings, while cooling systems should improve across the range. There are also rumors that Mini might be working on a dual-clutch transmission, but at this point all we can do is speculate.

Thanks to Rok

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U Spy: BMW Testing 2019 3-Series Alongside Mini Prototype 5
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW Scoops, MINI, MINI Convertible, MINI Scoops, Scoops, U Spy on 12 5th, 2017


The G20 3-Series is one of the most eagerly anticipated cars set to debut in 2018, and a prototype was spotted by one of our readers in Slovenia just a few days ago.

It’s well covered up in camo, so we can’t make out all the details, but thanks to the light bouncing off the side of the car, we can actually see its creases really well. Unsurprisingly, the 2019 BMW 3-Series seems to take after its larger sibling, the 5-Series, and adopt a more dynamic exterior design than the current model.

What the car will look like inside is actually less of a mystery, since we have already seen a couple of prototypes with their windows cracked open. Aside from the new digital gauge display, we also noticed a new shifter design, which might be adopted by either all the range or just the iPerformance variant.

As for what we’re going to find underneath the hood of the G20 3-Series, we expect a wide range of petrol and diesel units joined by at least one electrified model.

So what about that camouflaged Mini Cabrio thas was following the Bimmer then? Unfortunately, there isn’t much we can tell you about it, though it could be hiding a few facelift-worthy upgrades, especially on the powertrain side, as its 1.5-liter petrol units are expected to get turbochargers with aluminum casings, while cooling systems should improve across the range. There are also rumors that Mini might be working on a dual-clutch transmission, but at this point all we can do is speculate.

Thanks to Rok

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BMW Considers Turning Mini Into All-Electric Brand For The U.S. 29
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, MINI, Reports on 11 29th, 2017


BMW might turn Mini into an all-electric brand in the U.S. and is currently seeking partners to lower the cost of doing so.

The news came straight from Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW board member and Mini’s boss who said that Mini could become an all-electric brand, aimed at urban customers. An all-electric Mini model is expected to debut in 2019.

BMW is currently talking to many automakers around the world about a prospective partnership on electrifying smaller cars, according to Reuters.

Building smaller electric cars is challenging, not only because of the financial costs involved but also because of packaging as the fitment of batteries that provide sufficient range into a smaller platform still remains a puzzle, according to Schwarzenbauer.

Mini sales in the U.S. have decreased by 10 percent through October as demand for smaller cars is weakening in favor of SUVs. “It’s really only in the U.S. where we are facing this with Mini,” Schwarzenbauer said.

BMW will not attempt to fix this problem by adding bigger SUV models under the Mini brand but instead they’re looking into how to re-invent the brand. “The way for Mini in the U.S. is … building the Mini brand in the direction of the electric urban mobility company”, he added.

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