The fifth-generation Mini Cooper hatchback lineup, which debuted with the all-electric Cooper SE in 2023, now expands to include two petrol-powered versions: the Cooper S and the Cooper C. Both petrol variants boast turbocharged engines, though with varying capacities. Together with features, specifications, design, and projected release dates let us take a closer look at these new models.
The Cooper S is propelled by a robust 2-litre turbo-petrol engine, while the Cooper C is outfitted with a smaller 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Below are the engine specifications for each variant:
The Mini Cooper S is equipped with a robust 2-litre engine, delivering an impressive power output of 204 PS and a torque of 300 Nm. With its dynamic performance, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in just 6.6 seconds. On the other hand, the Mini Cooper C features a slightly smaller 1.5-litre engine but still packs a punch with a power output of 156 PS and torque of 230 Nm. While its acceleration from 0 to 100 kmph is slightly slower at 7.7 seconds, it still offers a thrilling driving experience. Both powertrains are expected to be exclusively offered with an automatic transmission.
Both the Cooper S and Cooper C sport a sleek and minimalist design akin to the all-electric Cooper SE. The front fascia boasts large circular LED headlights with signature daytime running lights (DRLs). While these headlights feature lines above and below the main light, unlike the ones on the electric version, they don't serve as DRLs here. Additionally, distinguishing the petrol variants from the EV is the grille area and the black insert outlining the grille and air dam, replacing the illuminated strip and chunky closed-off section.
The side profile maintains the characteristic floating roofline and showcases a fresh multi-spoke alloy wheel design. Another differentiating factor from the EV is the door handles, which are not flush with the body panel here. Moving to the rear, it features updated design elements seen with the Cooper SE, including triangular LED taillights with the Union Jack insignia. Here as well, the petrol version stands out with its distinct light signature.
Interior and Features
Inside, the minimalist design ethos continues, highlighted by the round central infotainment unit with a thin bezel housing all functions, including climate controls. Physical knobs are provided for functions like volume control. The dashboard features ambient lighting with multiple color finishes based on the selected drive mode. The drive selector is on a single control panel on the dash, and there's no separate instrument cluster. Details like fuel level and odometer are displayed on top of the infotainment screen.
In terms of features, the latest Cooper models come equipped with a 9.5-inch OLED touchscreen infotainment system, heads-up display, wireless phone charging, ambient lighting, automatic climate control, and powered seats. Six airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, and braking assist are among the safety features.
Expected Launch Timeline
With the all-electric Mini Cooper SE anticipated to debut in India sometime in the latter half of 2024, the launches of the petrol-driven Cooper S and Cooper C are expected to follow suit. Regarding pricing, they are projected to exceed the Rs 50 lakh mark.