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24 May, 2012: BMW launched Mini brand in India while Auto Expo 2012. This car brand launched three of its models during the Expo in Delhi which were quite liked by the audience. The British car maker will bring its entire range of cars constituting hatchbacks, coupe, convertibles, clubman, countryman and other models in the coming years. The models already available in India are Mini Cooper, Mini Convertible and Mini Countryman. However, Mini Cooper Clubman would be an exclusive model in India if launched. Mini Cooper Clubman price shall be tagged at Rs 23 lakh. The body style is designed for easy ingress and exit and the classic exteriors of this car will let you fall in love with it.
The iconic British luxury car maker, Mini has announced about the launch of one more compact hatchback in the Indian car market. It is called as Mini Cooper Clubman and will compete against the likes of Mercedes Benz A Class, BMW 1 Series, Volvo V40 Cross Country and others in this segment. The company is expected to give it the same engine, which is running on the roads of America. Not only the power train, it will be fitted with almost all features, which are available in the global car markets. It is expected to be fitted with a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated diesel engine under the hood, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1596cc. This powerplant has the ability of churning out a maximum power of 112bhp in combination with 154.5Nm of torque output, which is rather good for Indian road and traffic conditions. It is anticipated that this motor will be cleverly mated with a six speed automatic gear box, which sends the power to its front wheels. Like any other vehicles it also comes with proficient braking and suspension mechanism. It helps in keeping the vehicle well balanced and stable in every condition. Its braking system is further augmented by ABS along with electronic brake force distribution, which prevents it from skidding, especially on slippery roads. In addition to these, it is also incorporated with an advanced electronic power steering system that delivers precise response and makes it quite convenient to handle. At the same time, according to the news, this upcoming hatchback is expected to come not only with power packed engine performance, but it is rich in its features also.
As per speculations, its exteriors look astounding with a well designed radiator grille, a body colored bumper, a large windscreen and taillight cluster, which makes it look quite captivating on the roads. At the same time, its headlight cluster is incorporated with distinctly designed LED daytime running lights, which gives it a dynamic stance. This five door version also has a sporty bonnet that houses a small scoop, which gives it an aggressive appeal. The car maker has given its side profile attractive door panels, which adds to its sophisticated looks. Its well molded wheel arches are expected to be fitted with a set of alloy wheels that will be covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres. In terms of its interiors, this model series gets a smooth dashboard that houses several advanced equipments on it. The instrument cluster is positioned behind the steering column, which adds to the convenience of the driver. The seats are well cushioned with good back and thigh support. It helps in enhancing the drive comfort. On the other hand, the automaker is offering an option to customize the interior trims with three different schemes like Dark Silver, Piano Black and Checkered Black.
This model series will be equipped with several advanced aspects like an advanced infotainment system with a lot of functions and an automatic AC unit, which keeps the entire cabin cool. Apart from these, the cabin is bestowed with several standard features like all four power windows with driver side auto down function, on-board computer, Bluetooth handsfree interface, MINI excitement package, storage compartment package, park distance control and many other such aspects. On the other hand, it is bestowed with a lot of important safety aspects including anti lock braking system, dynamic stability control, airbags, and parking assistant system. It has an advanced engine immobilizer, which safeguards the vehicle from theft. The dual airbags for driver and front co-passenger adds to the safety in case of collision take place.
This yet to be launched vehicle is expected to come with a stylish body structure and aggressive look with a lot of styling aspects. It is fitted with distinctly designed cosmetics, which further add to its classy appeal. Starting with the frontage, it is designed with a typical radiator grille that has a hexagonal design. It is further fitted with horizontally positioned slats, which gives the frontage a dynamic appeal. This grille also has a thick chrome surround that gives it a magnificent stance to the frontage. This radiator grille is surrounded by a modified headlight cluster that is equipped with high intensity amps and side turn indicator. It is also expected to be fitted with distinctly designed LED daytime running lights. The sleek and slanted forward bonnet is embedded with a prominent company badge at the tip and it is complimented by black decals. The body colored bumper houses a wide air intake section, which is accompanied by black cladding that helps in preventing the vehicle from minor damages. The air dam is flanked by a couple of fog lamps that gives better visibility ahead especially in foggy conditions. The front wide windscreen is quite large and is accompanied by a pair of intermittent wipers and washers. It might come with rain sensors also. Furthermore, it houses a diffuser that adds to its sporty appeal. As far as its side profile is concerned, it is designed with some strong character lines and chrome plated door handles, which gives it a nice look. All its pillars have been treated with high gloss black wherein its roof gets a black color. At the same time, the outside rear view mirrors are painted in body color and comes with electrically adjustment function. It may also come with auto foldable function and will integrate with side turn blinker. However, buyers can customize its roof along with wing mirrors and door handles with a desired color scheme. Its wheel arches are fitted with black colored caps, which gives it a dual tone look. These fenders are likely to be fitted with a set of stylish 16-inch alloy wheels that are covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres. Coming to the rear end, this five door version will get a radiant taillight cluster that has a thick chrome wrap around. It is further fitted with powerful brake lights, turn indicators and courtesy lamps that dazzles the rear profile. The rear windshield is flat, which is fitted with a washer along with wiper. In addition to this, it is fitted with a spoiler that gives it a sporty appeal and integrated with a high mounted stop lamp. The rear bumper has been fitted with a chrome plated exhaust pipe.
The length of this vehicle is about 3982mm, which is quite good and has a decent height of 1425mm that ensures enough headroom for all occupants. The total width is about 1727mm, which comes to 1932mm including the external wing mirrors. It has a long wheelbase of 2567mm, which is helps in creating a roomy cabin. Its steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 10.8 meters.
This hatchback has a spacious internal cabin, which can easily accommodate five passengers and provides ample leg space and head room for all. The cabin is equipped with a wide and well cushioned seats that offer good support as well as comfort to its occupants. These are further covered with fine quality leather upholstery that are available in both black and beige colors. The driver’s seat has height adjustment facility, while the front center arm rest has a bit of storage space beneath it. The rear seat comes with foldable facility, which helps in increasing the boot volume of car. The cockpit is designed elegantly with a smooth dashboard that is in black color. It houses several features, which are a large voluminous glove box, an instrument panel with a lot of functions for keeping the driver updated, a three spoke steering wheel with multifunctional switches and many more. The steering wheel, hand brake lever as well as gear shift indicator are wrapped with premium leather. It is expected to be offered with a 6.5 inch TFT color display as a standard fitment for multimedia, navigation, telephone as well as vehicle functions. The door handles are available in Hazy Grey, Off-White or Piano Black shades depending on the interior surfaces. It has a couple of 12V power sockets for charging mobiles and other electronic devices. The steering wheel is wrapped with fine leather and mounted with multi-functional switches like audio, call and cruise control. Not only this, it can be incorporated with a number of utility based aspects, which are cup and bottle holders, front sun visors with passenger side vanity mirror, center armrest, day and night inside rear view mirror and a few other storage spaces that adds to their convenience. The stylish instrument cluster has two dials reflecting green back light from within. Inside the dials, the green lit needles add to the charm of this panel. The trip computer in the middle includes a digital fuel meter, clock, distance to empty (DTE) and trip meters.
As per the news, this vehicle will be blessed with a lengthy list of comfort features, which helps it to provide a fatigue free traveling experience. It is expected to be fitted with a height adjustable driver seat that makes it more convenient for the driver. Additionally, the steering wheel with height and length adjustable feature further adds to the convenience. The manufacturer has bestowed it with several sophisticated features including an efficient automatic dual zone air conditioning unit, with dust and pollen filter, which purifies the cabin air. Its multi function steering wheel is mounted with gear shift paddles. Then, it might come with MINI excitement package that further assists in providing a comfortable driving experience. The cabin is equipped with adjustable headrests integrated to the well cushioned seats that adds to their convenience. The interior rear view mirror comes with automatic anti dazzle feature, while it has cruise control with braking function as well. There are all four power operated windows available, while the external rear view mirrors are electrically adjustable. The reverse parking sensors is another aspect, which makes it quite easy for the driver to park the vehicle. Besides these, the cabin includes sun visors at front with vanity mirror and there is also rear reading lamp available. There is the MINI Connected multimedia infotainment system available that keeps it passengers entertained all through their journey. The advanced instrument panel houses a digital tachometer, an electric tripmeter, a digital clock, door ajar warning, low fuel warning light and driver seat belt warning notification for keeping the driver updated. It has a power steering wheel that makes it easier for the driver while maneuvering it. It is expected that the company has also given this vehicle an advanced infotainment system. It has a web radio that provides access to various channels thus, allowing its passengers to listen to music all the way. It includes the MINI calendar, which syncs all the appointments as well as dates from a smartphone and acts as a reminder for an event. Then it might be offered with a voice control option as well that read out things and enable the driver to concentrate on driving. Apart from these, the cabin is fitted with few more features, which includes reverse parking camera, spacious glove box, MINI controller, navigation system, digital clock, remote fuel lid and trunk opener, cruise control function, rear seat center armrest and some other such aspects that enhances the level of comfort.
This upcoming model series is designed with a spacious cabin that can take in five people with ease. It offers sufficient leg room owing to its impressive wheelbase. Whereas the head as well as shoulder room is also pretty good, which makes its passengers feel comfortable throughout their journey. This hatchback comes with the huge luggage compartment, which is quite good for storing a lot of stuff. This space can be further increased up to 719 litres by folding the rear seat. For planning a longer drive, the company has given it a large fuel tank that can store about 44 litres of diesel in it.
The engine of this 5-door version is expected to be coupled with a six speed automatic transmission gear box. It allows the motor to attain a top speed in the range of 200 to 203 Kmph. At the same time, it can break the 100 Kmph speed barrier from a standstill in mere 9.2 seconds from a standstill.
Speculated to be out soon, this hatchback series will come with a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated diesel engine under the bonnet, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1596cc. It comprises of three cylinders and twelve valves, which is based on dual camshaft based valve configuration. This power plant is incorporated with a turbocharger, which enables this motor to pump out a maximum power of 112bhp at 6000rpm that results in a commanding torque output of 154.5Nm at just 425orpm. This motor is expected to be mated with a sophisticated six speed automatic transmission gearbox, which sends the torque output to the front wheels. This engine is incorporated with an advanced direct injection fuel supply system, which allows the hatchback to deliver a decent fuel economy under standard driving conditions.
This compact hatchback is equipped with an advanced 1.6-litre diesel engine under the hood that has a current generation direct fuel injection technology. It is expected that this power plant enables the vehicle to give away a maximum mileage of 25.57 Kmpl on the bigger roads. Meanwhile, under standard driving conditions on the city roads, it has the ability to deliver an average mileage of 21.6 Kmpl.
Its diesel engine has a total of three cylinders and twelve valves, which is also incorporated with a turbocharger that enables it to produce a maximum power of 112bhp at 6000rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 154.5Nm at 4250rpm.
The manufacturer is offering this upcoming vehicle with a number of interesting features and one among them is the advanced infotainment system. It is expected to be fitted with the same infotainment system, which is available in other vehicles of this company. It has a web radio that provides access to various channels thus, allowing its passengers to listen to music all the way. It includes the MINI calendar, which syncs all the appointments as well as dates from a smartphone and acts as a reminder for an event. Then it may come with a voice control option as well that reads out things and enables the driver to concentrate on driving. On the other hand, there are quite of lot of additional features that owners can choose to include in their vehicle for customization. These include the Alpine HI-FI system that features an efficient Class D amplifier, mid range speakers, tweeters, a separate bass and compatible with all iPod interfaces. Individuals can also opt for the advanced system, which triggers an acoustic signal and activates the hazard warning lights in the event of attempted break-ins or any other damage to the vehicle. The backrest protector is another feature that protects the back of front seats against damage and dirt. The rail box is a perfect option to go with if the passengers want something to store small things like wallet, mobile phone and so on. Moreover, its overall appearance can be further enhanced with the help of accessories like a roof line spoiler, wind deflector, body decals, car cover, external wing mirror caps in chrome and a few other such aspects.
The front and rear wheels of this hatch series have been fitted with a robust set of disc brakes. It also has anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution that further helps in improving this mechanism. On the other hand, it comes with a proficient suspension system that assists to keep it well balanced irrespective of the road conditions. The dynamic stability control is another advanced aspects that prevents unstable driving situations by intervening in the engine management and, if necessary, by applying braking force to individual wheels at the front or rear. Then, there is dynamic traction control that is useful in situations when some wheel slip is needed. The cabin is incorporated with an electronic power assisted steering system, which is sped sensitive. It offers very good response and makes maneuvering easier even during heavy traffic conditions.
This yet to be launched vehicle is expected to be fitted with a set of innovative safety features, which gives the occupants a stress free driving experience. Some of these standard safety aspects include a centrally located high mounted stop lamp, anti glare internal rear view mirror, height adjustable head restraints, rough road package, central locking system, rear doors with child safety locks and remote control with foldable key. It has front airbags for the driver and co-passenger, while there are also side airbags that helps in preventing injuries, when any collision takes place. The presence of electronic immobilizer protects the vehicle from theft and prevents it from any unauthorized access into it. It also has anti lock braking system that prevents from skidding on slippery surfaces and avoids locking up of wheels. Its front facade features high beam headlights that offer better visibility to the driver ahead. Besides these, it comes with a flat tyre indicator that notifies the driver when the air pressure in tyres is going down. The instrument cluster also helps to keep the driver alert by displaying notifications like driver seat belt warning lamp, door ajar indicator, fuel consumption display and a few others. It might come with reverse parking camera, which makes parking easy and safe as well. The company has given it three point seat belts with tensioners and force limiters at front. On the other hand, this vehicle is bestowed with some driver assistant systems as well like head up display, pedestrian warning with initial brake function, road sign detection and driving assistant through camera based active cruise control. In addition to these, it includes a high mount stop lamp, crash sensor, pullaway assistant, traction control, run flat tyres, twin ISOFIX child seat attachments, park distance control as well as the disc braking mechanism and many other such aspects that enhances the level of safety.
Its neatly carved wheel arches are expected to be fitted with an elegant set of 16-inch alloy wheels that gives an elegant appeal to its side profile. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres of size 195/55 R16, which offer a superior grip on any road conditions.
1. Quite roomy internal cabin with ample leg space and head room for all occupants.
2. Chrome elements on exterior aspects add to its overall appearance.
3. Compact size makes it perfect for running on small city roads.
4. Mileage of its diesel engine is up to the mark.
5. It has a reliable braking and suspension system.
1. Initial cost of ownership and maintenance is too high.
2. There is still scope of improving its interior design.
3. Ground clearance should be improved.
4. Safety standards can be further enhanced.
5. Availability of fewer authorized service centers is a disadvantage.
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