MINI at the Los An­ge­les Auto Show 2016

Malta Independent - - MOTORING ON TUESDAY - Edited by John Peel

Pre­sent­ing a world pre­miere and the lat­est ad­di­tions to its model range at the 2016 Los An­ge­les Auto Show, MINI not only moves for­ward with the change of gen­er­a­tion in its model pro­gram but also main­tains its ad­vance into the pre­mium com­pact seg­ment. The new MINI Coun­try­man will be on show in Los An­ge­les for the first time.

Pre­sent­ing a world pre­miere and the lat­est ad­di­tions to its model range at the 2016 Los An­ge­les Auto Show, MINI not only moves for­ward with the change of gen­er­a­tion in its model pro­gram but also main­tains its ad­vance into the pre­mium com­pact seg­ment. The new MINI Coun­try­man will be on show in Los An­ge­les for the first time. This all­round tal­ent of­fers an im­pres­sive in­crease in in­te­rior space, en­hanced driv­ing fun, in­no­va­tive fit­tings and a re­fined pre­mium am­bi­ence. It is also the first model of the brand to be avail­able with a plug-in hy­brid drive.

Vis­i­tors to the Los An­ge­les Con­ven­tion Cen­ter will also get to see the very best of the cur­rent MINI mod­els in the small car seg­ment from 18 to 27 Novem­ber 2016. This ap­plies to both the new MINI Con­vert­ible and the new MINI Seven. The first de­sign model of the new gen­er­a­tion is avail­able as a MINI 3 door and a MINI 5 door.

The new MINI Coun­try­man: big­ger, more ver­sa­tile, more in­no­va­tive.

As the suc­ces­sor to the first pre­mium com­pact model of the brand, the new MINI Coun­try­man has ev­ery­thing it takes to con­vey the en­thu­si­asm of hall­mark MINI driv­ing fun to ad­di­tional tar­get groups in the fu­ture, too. This com­pletely newly de­vel­oped model is 20 cen­time­tres long than its pre­de­ces­sor, has pow­er­ful pro­por­tions and in ad­di­tion to the char­ac­ter­is­tic raised seat­ing po­si­tion, it pro­vides con­sid­er­ably more space on its five fully-fledged seats and lug­gage com­part­ment. The change of gen­er­a­tion also ex­hibits clear ad­vance­ments in the ar­eas of ver­sa­til­ity, sporty flair and pre­mium qual­ity.

In the US au­to­mo­tive market, there are two pow­er­ful petrol en­gines to choose from for the MINI Coun­try­man, both of which are of the lat­est gen­er­a­tion fea­tur­ing MINI TwinPower Turbo Tech­nol­ogy. Both en­gines can be com­bined with the new ef­fi­ciency-op­ti­mised ver­sion of the all-wheel drive sys­tem ALL4. In ad­di­tion, the new MINI Coun­try­man is the first model of the Bri­tish brand to be avail­able with a plug-in hy­brid drive. In the form of the MINI Cooper S E Coun­try­man ALL4 it has a range of up to 40 kilo­me­tres run­ning on elec­tric­ity alone.

The un­mis­tak­able char­ac­ter of the new MINI Coun­try­man de­rives not least from its pow­er­fully ex­pres­sive de­sign and nu­mer­ous in­no­va­tive equip­ment fea­tures. In con­junc­tion with the op­tional LED head­lamps, the day­time driv­ing light is pro­duced for the first time by a band of light run­ning en­tirely around each head­lamp. The 8.8-inch colour dis­play in the hall­mark cen­tral in­stru­ment comes with the MINI nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem Pro­fes­sional and now of­fers a new touch­screen func­tion. Other new fea­tures in­clude the MINI Coun­try Timer, which reg­is­ters travel over chal­leng­ing ter­rain, the fold-out MINI Pic­nic Bench, which turns the load­ing sill of the lug­gage com­part­ment into a com­fort­able seat for out­door breaks, and the MINI Find Mate, which makes it easy for MINI Coun­try­man driv­ers to lo­cate bags, keys and other ac­ces­sories.

The new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman: ex­treme driv­ing fun in the pre­mium com­pact seg­ment

The lat­est gen­er­a­tion of John Cooper Works ex­treme ath­letes

now also takes the pre­mium com­pact seg­ment by storm. The new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman com­bines its cap­ti­vat­ing spirit with top fig­ures in terms of space, ver­sa­til­ity and long-dis­tance suit­abil­ity. The stretched lines of the body, four side doors and char­ac­ter­is­tic split doors pro­vide a con­tem­po­rary in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the tra­di­tion­steeped shoot­ing brake con­cept, with five fully-fledged seats and a ver­sa­tile lug­gage com­part­ment on the in­side.

In ad­di­tion to its space con­cept, the en­gine con­cept of the new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman also makes it highly flex­i­ble. With the most pow­er­ful en­gine ever to be found in a MINI, the all-wheel drive sys­tem ALL4 as stan­dard and sus­pen­sion tech­nol­ogy geared to­wards the very high­est per­for­mance prop­er­ties, it is both able to meet the di­verse de­mands of day-to­day traf­fic and rise to the chal­lenges posed by the race track. What is more, its ex­clu­sive de­sign and equip­ment fea­tures set it clearly apart from the other model vari­ants of the new MINI Clubman.

The new MINI Seven: stylish driv­ing fun with tra­di­tional roots

The lat­est at­trac­tion in the small car seg­ment is the new MINI Seven. This de­sign model par­tic­u­larly high­lights the Bri­tish ori­gins, ex­tro­vert ap­peal, hall­mark driv­ing fun and pre­mium char­ac­ter of the new MINI gen­er­a­tion.

A con­trast­ing paint fin­ish for the roof and ex­te­rior mir­ror caps in the vari­ant Melt­ing Sil­ver, ex­clu­sive bon­net stripes and deco el­e­ments as well as 17-inch light al­loy wheels in MINI Seven twotone de­sign un­der­score the model’s in­di­vid­ual style on the ex­te­rior. Ex­clu­sive ac­cen­tu­a­tions in the in­te­rior es­pe­cially in­clude sports seats in the fab­ric/leather com­bi­na­tion Di­a­mond Malt Brown, cre­ated specif­i­cally for the de­sign model.

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