MINI Advanced Diesel technology: First time in Singapore.
SINGAPORE, 25 September 2014 –—- The new-generation MINI Cooper D has arrived in Singapore for the first time. Designed to be bigger, drives better and packed with more technological innovation than before, the new MINI D offers a new twist to being the leading original of the premium small car segment.
The new MINI Cooper D will be retailing at the MINI Habitat.
The new MINI Cooper D is powered by a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder advanced diesel engine that can generate a maximum output of 116 hp and peak torque of 270 Nm from 1,750 to 2,250 rpm, with the ability to propel it from 0-100km/h in 9.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 km/h. Yet. it is highly fuel-efficient with an average of 3.9 litres per 100 kilometres (26 km/litre), and comes with a low level of CO2 emissions at 103 g/km (as per average EU test cycle figures).
“Like a typical MINI, the MINI Cooper D is smooth, slick and offers lots of fun to drive. It offers +5.0% more power output and +23.5% better fuel-efficiency than its predecessor model. In fact, the MINI Cooper D is capable of travelling up to 1,130km with just one tank of diesel (based on average EU test cycle),” said Sethipong Anutarasoti, Corporate Affairs Director of BMW Group Asia.
New engines: MINI Twin Power Turbo Technology
For the first time the 3-cylinder engine is introduced, featuring MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology. The diesel engine of the new MINI Cooper D has a turbocharging system with variable turbine geometry and the latest generation of common rail direct injection with fuel injection pressure increased as compared to the predecessor engine so as to achieve high-precision fuel metering and clean combustion. The result is a further boost to driving fun along with increased efficiency and adherence to the EU5 exhaust emission standard.
Six-speed automatic transmission with optimised efficiency.
The six-speed automatic transmission which comes standard for the Cooper D variant offers improved efficiency, enhanced shift comfort and increased shift dynamics. These advancements have been achieved by means of such elements as a more efficient transmission control system, a more direct connection and optimised hydraulics. The new MINI also combines automatic transmission with the automatic engine start/stop function for the first time, preventing unnecessary fuel consumption caused by idling at junctions or in congested traffic.
The MINIMALISM technology which comes as standard includes not only the automatic engine start/stop function but also extensive measures to optimise weight and aerodynamic drag in the new MINI. Other measures include brake energy recuperation and needs-oriented control of the fuel pump, coolant pump and other ancillary units. The electromechanical power steering is equally as energy-efficiency as the map-controlled oil pumps. An optimised preheating process reduces the energy required to start the diesel engine by around 50%.
A significant optimisation of aerodynamic properties is achieved by such measures as active cooling air flaps, extensive underbody trim and air ducting elements in the upper section of the C columns.
MINI Driving Modes.
The new MINI Driving Modes provide an excellent basis for fuel efficient or sporty motoring. A rotary switch at the base of the gear or selector lever is used to activate the standard MID mode, the SPORT or the GREEN mode. In addition to the characteristic curve of the accelerator and steering and engine acoustics, the MINI Driving Modes also influence the ambient lighting, the displays in the LED centre instrument, and the shift characteristics of the automatic transmission. The choice is between a setup of very sporty, comfortable and well-balanced, or geared towards fuel efficiency.
In GREEN mode – supporting a relaxed and more fuel-efficient driving style – the energy used by electrically powered comfort functions such as air conditioning is reduced. In cars fitted with automatic transmission it is also possible to use the coasting function. The drivetrain is decoupled at speeds of between 50 and 160km/h as soon as the driver removes their foot from the accelerator pedal. The new MINI then rolls at idling engine speed at a minimum rate of fuel consumption.
Exterior: Bigger proportions, better agility and ride comfort.
The length of the MINI Cooper D, meanwhile, is at 3,821mm (+98mm vs predecessor) and has a track width of 1,501mm (front +42mm and rear +34mm vs predecessor). Cornering agility and ride comfort benefit from these new dimensions as do the amount of space available to occupants and the luggage compartment volume. Luggage compartment volume has been increased by 51 litres to 211 litres.
The new MINI Cooper D is available for viewing at the MINI Habitat showroom.
MINI Habitat is located at 27 Leng Kee Road.
Mon – Sat 8:30AM – 7.00PM.
Sun and public holidays 10.00AM – 6.00PM.
[Source : BMW Group]