January 20, 2014

For those of you that love the MINI look, and like the idea of four doors and a hatch but aren’t turned on by the Countryman, be sure to stop by Braman MINI in West Palm Beach in the second half of this year for a surprise.  MINI has several new models on the way, one of them that looks like a stretched three-door Hardtop – featuring four doors and what looks to be a conventional rear hatch–making it a five-door.

To accommodate the extra doors, MINI’s designers have stretched the wheelbase and added shorter doors in the front compared to those use on the Hardtop. It also appears they’ve raised the height of the roof in order to maximize interior space.

Engines for the MINI five-door will be shared with the Hardtop. This means a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine delivering approximately 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque (169 pound-feet with overboost function) in the base Cooper, and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 189 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque (221 pound-feet with overboost) in the Cooper S model you see here.

Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions will be on offer. Further down the track, expect a high-performance John Cooper Works variant with more than 200 horsepower on tap.

Buyers also enjoy new safety features across the third-generation MINI family. These include a head-up display, collision and pedestrian warning systems, a parking assistant and even a speed limit information system.

For further information, or to schedule an early test drive, visit Braman MINI in West Palm Beach.

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