It’s been a few months since the latest-generation Mini Cooper was presented in all-electric guise and now, the internal combustion-powered variants have been announced. The car will be sold in standard Cooper and Cooper S forms.
In the U.S., both versions will come standard with 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines. The Cooper S will be good for 201 hp and 221 lb-ft (300 hp) of torque, enough to send the car to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 6.3 seconds, but specifications for the entry-level Cooper have not yet been announced.
What we do know is that in other markets like Europe and Australia, the entry-level Cooper has a three-cylinder engine with 156 hp (115 kW) and 170 lb-ft (230 Nm) of torque and can hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.7 seconds. Given the base car in the U.S. has a 2.0-liter engine, it may have slightly more grunt. Mini will announce details for this model closer to its U.S. launch.
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Mini has provided few other details about other important mechanical components of the updated model, other than stating the new Cooper “is equipped with a suspension and damping system designed for agile handling.” Both models also come equipped with “powerful brakes,” although specs about these brakes have not been announced. The transmission used hasn’t been specified but we know there won’t be a manual option.
Visually, there is very little to distinguish the standard Cooper and Cooper S from the new Cooper EV. The most obvious change is the fitment of two slightly larger front grilles. The same headlights are featured, complete with circular LED daytime running lights while found at the rear are the familiar triangular matrix taillights.
The British company has equipped the new model with plenty of safety features that include a radar sensor up front and 12 ultrasonic sensors. The cute hatchback includes plenty of driver assistance systems, a Safe Exit function to warn road users before a door is opened, and active lane-keeping assist with automatic speed and distance control.
Owners will also be pleased by the presence of onboard navigation with 3D visualization and an advanced augmented view. Support is also offered for a digital key through the Mini smartphone application.
Found in the cabin is the same round OLED display as the Cooper EV, a panoramic glass roof, wireless smartphone charging, and a two-tone textile dashboard.
U.S. models will be offered in Classic and Favoured trims and all available body colors can be combined with one of three available roof colors. Both 17- and 18-inch wheels are available. U.S. prices for the Cooper S start at $32,000 plus a $995 destination and handling fee while the base model starts at $28,950 plus destination. Production of the S will start in March while production of the base model will kick off in July.