MINI One First: a new entry-level model with a frugal engine under the hood

The original MINI made by British Motor Corporation was meant to be a small sized economy car for the masses with a very affordable price tag. Ever since BMW took over, people have been complaining that the entire range of new MINI cars is not budget-friendly. The German automaker has responded to this by adding a new entry-level model to the range that has been designed for those looking for good fuel economy. Named MINI One First, the car will be available for purchase starting March 2015 promising more convenience and more economy than ever.

Similar to all the variants of the latest model generation, the MINI One First 5 door will be powered by a completely newly conceived engine featuring cutting-edge MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology. The powertrain is a petite 1.2 3-cylinder spark ignition engine that combines turbocharging with petrol direct injection and variable camshaft control on the intake and exhaust side (double VANOS). It generates a peak output of 55 kW/75 hp and a maximum torque of 150 Nm, accelerating the new MINI One First 5 door from zero to 100 km/h in 13.4 seconds. Only one transmission choice is available on the new car – a brand new 6-speed manual gearbox with a rev-matching feature. The automaker claims that the car will have fuel consumption of 5.2l per 100km with CO2 emission level of 121g per km. There is no word on the pricing as of yet.

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