Three new MINIs have been added to the brand’s local lineup; the entry level Cooper 5 Door, Cooper Countryman and the F56 John Cooper Works. They carry a price tag of RM189k, RM199k and RM289k respectively, and all come with a two-year unlimited mileage warranty and three-year or 50,000km MINI Service Inclusive Programme, whichever occurs first. Now, with that out of the way, let’s talk MINI.
|Name||MINI Cooper 5 Door||MINI Countryman CKD||MINI JCW|
|Engine||1,499cc; 3-cyl with MINI TwinPower Turbo||1,598cc; naturally aspirated inline-4||1,998cc; inline-4 with MINI TwinPower Turbo|
|Transmission||6-speed auto||6-speed auto||6-speed sports auto|
|Max Power||126hp @ 4,400 rpm||120 hp @ 6,000 rpm||231 hp @ 5,200 – 6,000 rpm|
|Max Torque||220 Nm @ 1,250 rpm||155 Nm @ 4,250 rpm||320 Nm @ 1,250 – 4,800 rpm|
|Price (OTR without insurance)||RM188,888.00||RM198,888.00||RM288,888.00|
The Cooper 5 Door joins the Cooper S 5 Door that was launched in November 2014, but the former is powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine, unlike the 2.0L of the Cooper S. Right off the bat you’ll notice that the toned down kit of the cheaper 5 Door variant, this time fitted with a pair of halogen reflector-type headlights. The wheels are smaller too, measuring at 16-inches wrapped with run-flat tyres.
Under the hood you get a 1.5-litre engine (shared with the BMW i8, no less) with MINI TwinPower Turbo with auto start/stop technology, and it’s good for 136 horses at 4,400 rpm and 220 Nm of torque from 1,250 revolutions. Those numbers translate to a 0 to 100 km/h sprint time of 8.1 seconds and a top speed of 207 km/h. Power gets sent to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox, which helps yield a frugal 5.0 litres per 100 km fuel consumption rating.
Standard features of this MINI include Hazy Grey interior surfaces, Carbon Black fabric upholstered seats, chrome line interior, manual air conditioning controls, cruise control with braking, keyless entry, interior lighting package (green), MINI Visual Boost with a 6.5-inch LCD display complemented with a 5-key controller that supports USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
The safety kit is made up of four airbags, Dynamic Stability Control with Automatic Stability Control and Traction Control (ASC+T), ABS as well as Pullaway Assistant. There’s also Dynamic Traction Control with electronic differential lock control, rear parking sensors and flat-tyre indicator.
Next up we have the updated locally assembled Cooper Countryman. It’s got a new grille and the headlights’ surrounds are now finished in gloss black, which were previously chromed. Lighting source is through a pair of halogen reflector-type headlights and fog lamps, while the base Countryman sits on 17-inch Triangle Spoke alloy wheels.
This Countryman is RM44k cheaper than the next Cooper S Countryman, and you lose quite a bit going down this road. For example, you’ll have to make do with a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that belts 120 hp at 6,000 rpm and 155 Nm of torque at 4,250 rpm. As such, this Countryman sprints from standstill to 100 km/h in 11.6 seconds while maxing out at 182 km/h. Only one transmission is offered here, that is the six-speed auto, driving the front wheels. Fuel consumption is rated at 7.6 litres per 100 km.
Inside, you get the same 6.5-inch MINI Visual Boost LCD display that supports USB and Bluetooth connectivity. The interior gets the chrome line package with Black Checkered cockpit surface while the seats get wrapped in carbon black fabric. Also standard is the push-start ignition, multifunction steering wheel with cruise control, MINI Connected, rear parking sensors, six airbags, DSC, ASC+T, ABS and pullaway assistant.
Lastly, we have the F56 JCW that’s billed as the most powerful series production MINI ever. For RM289k, you’ll be paying for a MINI Cooper that’s equipped with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine making 231 hp at 6,000 rpm and 320 Nm of torque (350 Nm with overboost) from 1,250 to 4,800 rpm; numbers that propel the JCW from 0 to 100 km/h in a zippy 6.1 seconds and onto a top speed of 246 km/h. Power gets sent to the front wheels via a six-speed sports automatic transmission. MINI claims that the JCW sips 5.8 litres of fuel per 100 km, but we all know that’s nearly impossible in a hot hatch like this.
Standard on the outside are a string of JCW-specific kits – bonnet stripes, front and rear bumpers, badge, side sills, rear spoiler design, side scuttle chrome plate and the 18-inch JCW two-tone light alloy wheels. Illumination source is LED for both high and low beam, including the integrated LED daytime running lights. Round the back, you get LED tail lamps and twin exhaust pipes mounted in the centre.
In the cabin, you’ll find a huge 8.8-inch MINI Visual Boost LCD display with a touchpad controller. GPS navigation comes as standard, as are Bluetooth handsfree connectivity, MINI Head-Up Display and MINI Connected. A 12-speaker Harman Kardon HiFi sound system is also standard. Other equipment such as keyless entry and push-start switch are a given, including dual-zone automatic air conditioning, cruise control, JCW leather wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, leather sports seats and trim exclusive instrument panel design.
The JCW also comes with Dynamic Damper Control and performance control, on top of all the safety features like DSC with ASC+T, ABS, DTC, rear parking sensors, four airbags and pullaway assistant. Again, the fully imported JCW is priced at RM288,888.00 (GST inclusive) but excludes insurance. All MINIs introduced here come with a two-year unlimited mileage warranty and a three-year or 50,000km MINI Service Inclusive Programme that covers repairing and maintenance costs, whichever occurs first.
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