New MINI

This November’s new MINI will boast more BMW-sourced technology than ever – including a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine.

In an early preview of new MINI technology, the firm has revealed the new MINI will be powered by a range of petrol and diesel engines of both four-cylinder and, for the first time, three-cylinder design.

The 2.0-litre TwinPower turbo is the headline-grabber. This boasts 192hp and 206lb ft of torque at just 1250rpm: BMW says up to 243lb ft will be available courtesy of an overboost function.

The three-cylinder motor will be a 136hp 1.5-litre, set to appear in future BMWs. Meanwhile, that 2.0-litre is possibly a variation of the N20 engine already seen in the BMW 320i and 328i (suggesting a 245hp MINI Cooper S could be a future possibility?).

There will be a new three-cylinder diesel too, producing 116hp in launch guise. BMW says this engine will be 7 per cent more fuel efficient, indicating almost 80mpg and 90g/km CO2.

Other new technologies include an automatic gearbox with engine stop-start (no word on the type though: will it be a DCT or maybe the ZF nine-speed auto rolling out in the Range Rover Evoque right now?), pre-emptive auto gearshifts via sat nav and a rev-matching manual.

MINI has also told us the multi-link rear suspension will remain, with a redesign liberating much-needed additional boot and rear cabin space. For the first time, MINI will be offered with two-mode electronic adaptive damping, while the EPAS will have a park assist function.

Mindful of tougher Euro NCAP rules, MINI has fitted an active engine cover – vital, we’d imagine, given the fact there’s a 2.0-litre turbo packed into the MINI’s compact nose.

The new MINI will be revealed in full on 18 November at production facility Plant Oxford, to mark what would have been original Mini designer Sir Alex Issogonis’ 107th birthday. A simultaneous public reveal at the LA Motor Show and the Tokyo Motor Show will follow on 20 November.

MR says: the new MINI sounds tempting – the technical package contains some surprises too, not least the big 2.0-litre turbo petrol (who needs downsizing, anyway). It seems MINI’s saying, take that, low-tech rivals.