New details about the upcoming third generation MINI suggest it's going to be a blast to drive.

Your biggest question of course is the size. The bad news is that's it's going to be bigger. The good news is that it's also going to be lighter than the current car, thanks to more high-strength steel built into the structure. A wider track and the lightened single-link front and multi-link rear suspension setup is enhanced by new electrically controlled adjustable dampers to give the hatchback a more sporty character, with new brakes that can take the abuse. Oh, and there will be a rev-matching manual box too!

In Europe, the Cooper will come with a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder with 134 horses and 169 lb ft (with overboost), while the Cooper S gets a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 189 hp and 221 lb ft (with overboost). Both engines redline at 6500 rpm. Later on, expect the entry level One and the more powerful John Cooper Works to complete the lineup.

The first diesel available after the car's debut in November will be a common rail 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo with 114 hp and 199 lb ft of torque, with a more powerful four-cylinder to follow soon. Automatic start-stop system comes as standard for better efficiency.


A new park assist system will make the new car easier to live with in the city, while the speed variable electronic power steering system is there to help torque-steer with the more powerful models coming later.


Sounds like fun?