Mini gets family-friendly with new 5-door model

  • AFP
  • Updated: Sep 16, 2014 13:08 IST

A few months after launching the new Mini, the British brand has expanded its offering with a new five-door variation, complete with a more spacious cabin. The Mini 5-Door is nothing short of a revolution for the brand, which is slowly but surely edging towards the premium compact family car segment.

For enhanced comfort, the body of the new Mini 5-Door has been lengthened by 16.1cm compared to that of the classic three-door version, while the wheelbase has been widened by 7.2cm. The rear of the car includes a bench seat with room for three and a 278-liter trunk. When the seat bench is folded down, the car's storage space reaches 941 liters.

Together with the new model, the brand is introducing two new three-cylinder fuel engines, with 102hp and 136hp, for the Mini One 5-Door and Cooper 5-Door. A new four-cylinder diesel engine with 170hp is also available on the Mini Cooper SD 5-Door.

Prices for the Mini 5-Door start at €21,100 (around $27,300) in Europe. In general, the five-door models cost €900 (around $1,160) more than their three-door equivalents.

The Mini 5-Door will be on display at the Paris Motor Show. Previously, the Countryman crossover was the only vehicle in the Mini catalogue with five doors.

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