And it’s the same story with the latest iteration of the dainty British car, which the BMW Group did a stellar job reinventing. No matter which side on the fence you sit regarding Mini fandom, the sales success really speaks for itself.
The new Mini broke cover today. And we can confirm that it will be arriving in South Africa in March next year. It has grown in size, the latest Mini is nearly 100 millimetres longer, wider by 44 millimetres and taller by seven millimetres. We’ll have to see it in the flesh. But let’s hope it doesn’t render the Mini name a misnomer.
There are new engines available too. At launch, you’ll be able to have it with a three-cylinder turbocharged engine (100kW), a three-cylinder diesel engine (85kW) or the potent S version with a force-fed four-cylinder mill (141kW).
Even though it’s bigger, BMW Group spokesmen say the Mini has shed some pounds and that the famous kart-like driving experience has been intensified. The suspension has been revised and there’s a new electromechanical power steering system. There’ll be a Driving Modes system too, offering Sport and Green modes.
Speed is now displayed on the steering column instrument cluster. But it still has that massive circle unit on the fascia. Optional driver assistance systems, like head-up display and collision warning will be on offer too. And just like with BMW’s range of cars, you’ll be able to specify park distance control, climate control, and design lines.
Undoubtedly, it’s an important car for the BMW Group and given the immense popularity of the brand – with its cachet, quirkiness and Teutonic build – you wouldn’t be wrong in predicting that it’ll fare superbly.