Mini India has officially introduced the new and updated Cooper family in India. The Cooper is available in 3-door petrol and diesel variant and a 5-door diesel trim in the country. The Cooper takes the CBU route in India and packs a lot of cosmetic update along with an extensive feature list. It also carries the new minimized Mini logo which was first seen on the Countryman.
Styling wise, the Mini Cooper gets a redesigned adaptive headlamps units with LED lighting signature and surround indicators. The Copper also gets the Union Jack-inspired LED pattern on the tail lamps. The front bumpers get aggressive air-intakes flanked by circular fog lamp units. At the rear, the redesigned bumpers integrate the dual exhaust tips sticking out from the middle. The 2018 Mini adds three new body paint options – Emerald grey, Starlit blue and Solaris Orange – to the already available set of colour options.
On the inside, the cabin is refreshed thoroughly. So now there is a piano-black finish insert on the dashboard and centre console. The ambient lighting is also part of the package. The iconic centre stacked circular infotainment system gets a 6.5-inch display which can also be upgraded to an 8.8-inch touchscreen unit. The sunroof is also available as an optional fitment now. The Mini Excitement Pack can add 12 colour options for ambient lighting. It also includes the new MINI logo projection from the exterior mirror on the driver’s side when opening and closing the door.
Powering the Cooper S is a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine which puts out 189bhp of power and 280Nm of torque. The seven-speed dual-clutch Steptronic gearbox sends all the power to the front wheels. The Cooper D, on the other hand, has a 1.5-litre three-cylinder diesel motor under the hood. It produces 112bhp of power and 270Nm of torque. The Mini Cooper gets Sport and Green driving modes along with driver aid like cruise control, ESP, rear-view camera and heads-up display.
The new Mini Cooper is a niche vehicle in India, but at its price point, it goes up against Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1, and Audi Q3.