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Tiny Car, Huge Personality

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On: Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 5:38PM | By: Karen Cook


Tiny Car, Huge Personality

The new 2014 BMW MINI Cooper hatchback is set to be presented in Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Oxford, England next month. Here’s a sneak peek at the tiny car with a huge personality.

The lower-end model has a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine with 138 hp. The next model up comes with four cylinders and packs 195 hp. There will also be a turbo diesel that gets 55 mph and has 116 hp. On up the line the Cooper can have up to 300 hp. The fuel efficiency numbers are based on European driving conditions and it has not been announced whether the diesel will be available in the United States. All models will be available with standard or automatic transmissions and will remain front wheel drive.

The new Coopers are larger than their predecessors but, thanks to some high strength steel, are much lighter. They are also equipped with an “active hood” which raises to provide a “crumple zone” for collisions at speeds of 12–34 mph.

There are cool options available, if you like to get techy with your vehicle, including a collision and pedestrian warning system, a video-based adaptive cruise control, rear view camera with a high-resolution color screen, and park assist to help find a parking spot in a crowded parking lot. For drivers with attention disorders you can also get a road sign and speed limit recognition system. A City Pack will also be available with an alarm system and power-fold mirrors which will set you back $1250. If you don’t want the standard checked fabric on the seats you can upgrade to leather.

The MINI Cooper still looks like a MINI Cooper, but the new models have a snazzier grille and swept-back LED headlights (which, by the way, automatically dim themselves so you don’t blind other drivers at night). If you like even more options, these little babies let you choose your ride option between sporty and comfortable, all in the same car! While you might think space is at a premium in a vehicle this small, the front seats are roomy enough even for a 6-foot person. The rear seats are not so spacious but are still serviceable.

Safety features include six airbags, stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, hill-start assist, and run-flat tires.

There are many more options available to suit just about any taste and make this little car one of the most customizable around. It depends only on your desire and your wallet which ones you choose. Prices start at $28,150.


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