Mini made few changes to its Cooper hatchback after the introduction of the current generation in 2001. Now, the model gets a major update, with a whole new platform and engine tech.
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Style changes are modest. Mini preserved the look of the model that reintroduced the brand around the world.
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Under the skin, the Cooper hatchback can be had with performance tech such as an electronic limited slip differential and adaptive dampers on the suspension.
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Mini will make LED headlights available on the Cooper hatchback.
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The Cooper S model gets a direct injection, turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder engine, good for 192 horsepower.
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The base Cooper's engine also uses a turbo and direct injection, but 1.5 liters and three cylinders mean only 136 horsepower.
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Mini loses the center "dinner plate" speedometer, using the circular enclosure for the car's LCD.
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With electric power steering, Mini can include features such as a sport steering setting and automated parallel parking.
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Similar to the current generation, Mini will offer the Cooper with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
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The instrument cluster now carries a dual gauge, with vehicle and engine speed.
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A head-up display option shows on a translucent panel behind the windshield.
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The cabin tech interface uses the same type of controller as found in newer BMW models.
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Mini refined the graphics, but retained the basic menu structure, for its cabin electronics.
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The rearview camera shows guidance lines.
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