2014 Mini leaked ahead of official reveal

2014 Mini leaked ahead of official reveal

Official Mini pictures leaked online ahead of Mark 3 hatchback’s reveal today

The first reportedly official pictures of the new Mini hatcback have leaked online ahead of its reveal later today.

The car has already been seen virtually undisguised in a series of spy shots, but this is the first time we’ve seen the new car completely unwrapped. Both standard and hotter Cooper versions have also been caught testing in Europe.

A range of turbocharged direct-injection three and four-cylinder petrol engines will be offered at launch, including a 1.5-litre three-cylinder unit developing 134bhp and 162lb ft of torque. A 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit, meanwhile, develops 189bhp and delivers 206lb ft of torque. Further variants are planned for release further down the line.

The only diesel engine confirmed so far is a 1.5-litre common-rail direct-injection unit with 114bhp and 199lb ft. Efficiency is said to have been improved by as much as seven per cent over the older 1.6-litre unit it replaces.

Both petrol and diesel engine options are offered with new manual and automatic gearboxes, with stop/start functionality.

The all-new Mini is based on BMW’s new front and all-wheel drive UKL1 platform. Although there’s been a clear increase in size over the outgoing model, the company says overall weight has been reduced.

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