Mini introduces the all-new Hardtop 4 Door

(June 6, 2014) WOODCLIFF, N.J. — Just a few months after the market launch of the new Mini Hardtop 2 door, the British premium brand is expanding its model range with the addition of an entirely new body variant. The Mini Hardtop 4 door combines the legendary go-kart handling that Mini customers love with newly added utility in the form of two added doors.

The iconic exterior design of the original in the small car premium segment is authentically transferred to the specific proportions of the new 4 door body. With the wheelbase expanded by 2.9 inches and the body lengthened by 6.3 inches as compared to the new Mini Hardtop, the 4 door model provides greater freedom in terms of interior use.

At the rear of the Mini Hardtop 4 door there are three seats, and passengers benefit from the fact that headroom is increased by 0.6 inches as compared to the 2 door model, with headroom enlarged by 0.5 inches and interior width increased by 1.8 inches at shoulder height. What‘s more, the luggage compartment space is 0.5 cubic feet larger than in the new Mini Hardtop with a total of  9.2 cubic feet.

The British premium brand is now represented with a 4 door model in the small car segment for the first time in its history. The Mini Hardtop 4 door instantly sets new records within its competitive environment in terms of legroom, headroom and luggage compartment volume. The car's high level of variability is also supported by the 60 : 40 folding split in the rear backrest.

At the market launch of the Mini Hardtop 4 door there are two engines with Mini TwinPower Turbo Technology to choose from. A 3-cylinder engine with a peak output of 134 horsepower powers the Mini Cooper Hardtop 4 door. The output of the 4-cylinder engine in the Mini Cooper S Hardtop 4 door is 189 horsepower. Once again in the Mini Hardtop 4 door, the latest generation of engines ensures an exceptionally favorable balance between driving fun and fuel consumption with the newly developed 6-speed manual and 6-speed Steptronic transmissions.

Typical Mini go-kart feeling is guaranteed due to a model-specific version of the refined suspension technology. Dynamic Damper Control with adjustable dampers is optionally available for the Mini Hardtop 4 door. The Mini driving modes ensure made-to-measure sporty flair and comfort.

The Mini Hardtop 4 door also benefits from the high standards of the new model generation in terms of the quality of materials and workmanship, safety, acoustic and vibrational comfort as well as innovative equipment features.

The new display and operating concept can be optionally supplemented with an on-board computer of up to 8.8 inches in size in the center instrument as well as the Mini Controller with touch-sensitive surface. A LED light ring for the center instrument provides feedback on driving condition as well as on numerous functions activated by the driver. Other equipment features available include the LED headlight, LED fog lamp, extended ambient lighting and Comfort Access.

The range of optional driver assistance systems includes the Head-Up Display which extends above the steering column, the Driving Assistant system including camera-based active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning with initial brake function, high beam assistant, road sign detection, Parking Assistant and rear view camera.

What‘s more, the diversity of the Mini Connected in-car infotainment program is unique within the competitive field with numerous additional functions which can be integrated in the vehicle via apps in the areas of social networks and infotainment are now available for both the Apple iPhone and for smartphones using the Android operating system.