MINI Malaysia, the sophisticated compact premium automotive brand in the country reveals the New MINI for the local market.
“The New MINI represents the latest and finest of the technological and design excellence of a car brand that has had an iconic and illustrious appeal that has been transcending generations since 1959.
“The MINI of this generation is the perfect companion to explore every corner of a new and progressive country with unparalleled ease, meeting modern and premium needs with style to stand out and be noticed,” said BMW Group Malaysia head of corporate communications, Sashi Ambi.
According to Kidd Yam, head of MINI Malaysia, they have seen more than 1,500 units delivered in Malaysia since the introduction of the third Mini in 2014, accounting for more than half of the total deliveries of MINI vehicles here.
“Malaysians clearly love the thrill of the Go-Kart Driving capabilities that is signature to the MINI brand, combined with the current and modern enhancements built harmoniously into its iconic premium compact design which elevates its appeal further,” Yam added.
The New MINI 3 Door, the New MINI 5 Door, and the New MINI John Cooper Works are introduced with the latest engines and transmissions from the BMW Group which complies with the latest Euro 6c standards for increased driving excitement and even lower fuel consumption.
The New MINI also features emotive, signature design elements such as the new MINI Logo Projection, LED Headlamps and Union Jack Tail lamps with Day Time Running Lights, and new logo elements on its body to distinguish the car further from its previous iterations.
Additionally, with an engine cover that has been made 13 per cent lighter with the use of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP), the New MINI now offers engines that have an overall reduction of up to eight kilograms in its total weight, improving its fuel consumption radically and fully meeting the latest Euro 6c Standard.
The Coasting experience which was previously only available via the GREEN mode is also now possible in the MID mode with The New MINI, where the feature intuitively shifts the engine to idle when the foot is off the accelerator pedal when cruising.
With the New MINI John Cooper Works, specifically, MSA Connected adds to the fuel-saving functions with its intelligent auto start stop system, enabling the performance oriented MINI to decide whether the car is in a better position with its engine switched off or running for better efficiency.
Additionally, for the first time ever in South East Asia, MINI Malaysia introduces the award-winning MINI Yours Customised Accessories which allow retrofit components such as side scuttles, cockpit facia, LED Door Sills Finishers and LED Door Projector to be produced according to the customer’s personally designed specifications.
The German Design Council recently awarded the prestigious German Innovation Award in Gold to this unique customisation offering, describing it as the ‘next level of individualisation’.
The MINI Yours Customised Services can be designed and ordered at www.yours-customised.mini, choosing between various colours, patterns, surfaces and icons as well as adding their own text to the design.
The New MINI 3 Door and the New MINI 5 Door, are the first MINIs in the family to be equipped with the 7-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission and an electronic gear shifter.
The 7-Speed Dual Clutch Steptronic Sports Transmission consist of two sub-transmissions to ensure no delays and thus more comfort in shifting gears and the new transmission type is helped by the purely mechanical function of the torque converter.
The expanded gears and bigger gear shift spacing also contribute to less fuel consumption and CO2 emission.
Additionally, 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 New MINI Cooper S 3 Door and the New MINI Cooper S 5 Door are powered by the 2.0-litre 4-Cylinder MINI TwinPower Turbo Engine. Both deliver up to 192HP and 280Nm of torque, with a top speed of 235km/h.
The New MINI 3 Door goes from 0 to 100km/h in 6.7 seconds with a combined CO2 emission of 125 g/km and combined fuel consumption of 5.5l/100km.
Meanwhile, the New MINI 5 Door sprints from 0 to 100km/h in 6.8 seconds and the combined CO2 emission is 128 g/km and its combined fuel consumption is 5.6 l/100km.
The New MINI models are available at all authorised MINI dealerships nationwide from July 14, retailing at RM 226, 888.00 for The New MINI Cooper S 3 Door while The New MINI Cooper S 5 Door retails at RM 236,888.00, and The New MINI John Cooper Works Hatch retails at RM 283,888.00.