Four years since their maiden debut, MINI Malaysia has introduced the refreshed range of the F56 MINI Cooper S with minor design tweaks and new powertrains. The refreshed MINI comes in three flavours: The MINI Cooper S 3 door at RM226,888; MINI Cooper S 5 Door at RM236,888; and the hot MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) at RM284,888. For now, these prices are the estimated recommended retail prices (on the road for personal registration, without insurance), before factoring in the upcoming SST.
Besides their uncanny looks, the new MINI models are more than meets the eyes; they now come fitted with the latest engines and transmissions from the BMW Group which complies with the latest Euro 6c standards. Also new is the new MINI logoLogo puddle lights, LED Headlamps and unique Union Jack tail lamps with daytime running lamps, and new logo elements on its body to distinguish this new version from before. Also, owners of the new and existing F56 MINI can customise their own side scuttles and sills at an additional cost.
MINI Cooper S 3 Door
Besides having two doors on the sides and one at the rear with a slightly shorter wheelbase, the 3 Door rides on 17-inch Cosmos Spoke in Black. The youthful MINI comes in seven exciting and vivid exterior colours: Chili Red, Pepper White, Solaris Orange, White Silver, Starlight Blue, Thunder Grey and British Racing Green paired with Black Roof. Alternatively, Chili Red can also be paired with White Roof.
Inside, what’s new in the refreshed MINI 3 Door comes with the backlit MINI Yours illuminated cockpit, which displays a stylised Union Jack, offering 12 colours for the driver to choose from on the fly. The seats are wrapped in Leather Cross Punch in Carbon Black
In the MINI Centre Instrument stack, you’ll find a 6.5-inch high-resolution touchscreen which puts a wealth of information at your fingertips. Also MINI Connected enables owners to integrate their smartphone, apps and the MINI Connected App. The MINI Connected App enables owners to easily check fuel Consumption, fuel range, and last known location. Drivers can also back up into parking spaces accurately with a rearview camera, Park Distance Control with guidelines to steer in the right direction.
MINI Cooper S 5 Door
With 5 doors and a longer wheelbase, the refreshed MINI 5 door runs on high gloss 17-inch John Cooper Works Track Spoke in Black, wrapped around in run-flat tyres. New to the family-friendly street go-kart is that the exterior comes with the John Cooper Works Aerodynamic Kit including a rear spoiler.
Likewise, the 5 Door variants come with MINI Connected, a 6.5-inch touchscreen display with navigation, and a rearview camera. In terms of interior finish, the New MINI 5 Door caresses occupants with Leather Cross Punch Carbon Black and the Black Chequered Interior style. The bigger Cooper S comes with one colour lesser: Chili Red, Pepper White, Emerald Grey, White Silver, Starlight Blue and British Racing Green paired with Black Roof. Chili Red can also be paired with White Roof.
MINI John Cooper Works
If its performance and sporty looks you want, then the MINI JCW can give it to you; along with the new MINI Logo puddle lamps, and LED Headlights and Taillights, the refreshed MINI John Cooper Works comes equipped with the iconic 18-inch John Cooper Works Cup Spoke 2-Tone and John Cooper Works bonnet stripes, as well as new piano black trim. There is also the optional panoramic sunroof which allows more light and air inside.
Being the apex MINI, the JCW comes with a larger 8.8” Touch Screen with Navigation and Natural Language Recognition. The innovative Natural Language Recognition recognises sentences in different variations and understands a wide range of abbreviations and even pauses. And to prevent high-speed distractions, the JCW also comes with Heads Up Display.
There’s also wireless charging for mobile phones located in the centre armrest, provided that the smartphone has induction charging compatibility. Other innovative trinkets include the handy MINI Find Mate, allowing owners to conveniently attach tags with wireless tracking function. Once these items are out of range, owners will receive a notification from the MINI Connected app, showing the last known location of the tagged items, making it easier to find missing items and reduces anxiety. The faster MINI John Cooper Works comes in four colours: Rebel Green, Midnight Black and Pepper White with Red Roof, and Chili Red with Black Roof.
The refreshed MINI Cooper S 3 Door and 5 Door are pulled around by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder MINI TwinPower Turbo mill which makes 192Hp and 280Nm of torque. Mated to it is a new 7-Speed wet dual clutch transmission which is claimed to provide a much smoother, faster shifts with zero interruption. The new MINIs also gets a new gear selector.
The new transmission is assisted by the purely mechanical function of the torque converter, and the newly designed electronic selector lever ensures that the gear always returns to its original position after changing between driving mode D, neutral position N, and reverse mode.
The MINI 3 Door goes from 0 to 100 Km/h in 6.7 seconds and claimed fuel consumption of 5.5 l/100km. Meanwhile, the New MINI 5 Door sprints from 0 to 100 Km/h in 6.8 seconds and its claimed fuel consumption is 5.6 l/100km. Both cars runs out of steam at 235 Km/h
Indeed, the JCW version has more kick than the former. The apex MINI comes fitted with a much more powerful turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder MINI TwinPower Turbo engine which pushes 231hp and 320Nm of torque. Mated to this is a torque converter 8-Speed Steptronic Sports Automatic Transmission which is said to be sportier, more efficient and comfortable. The driver can select the gear ratios via steering paddles. With slightly more power the MINI JCW achieves its runner’s high at 246km/h. Fuel consumption is not too shabby either at a claimed 6.0l/100km. Additionally, the MINI JCW comes fitted with adaptive suspension as standard.
Besides the carbon fibre engine cover, – which is 13% lighter – the 2.0-litre mill received serious updates in the turbocharger, engine electronics, oil supply system, intake air ducting, cooling and exhausts system. The fuel injection system now sends fuel at a higher pressure, and the turbocharger’s impellers are made with a more robust heat-resistant material.
As mentioned earlier, the estimated recommended retail prices (on the road for personal registration, without insurance), the mid-life refreshed MINI models come with MINI 4 Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service are: The MINI Cooper S 3 door at RM226,888; MINI Cooper S 5 Door at RM236,888; and the hot MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) at RM284,888.