MINI has disclosed extensive details about its new model which will be revealed on November 18.

MINI has disclosed extensive details about its new model which will be revealed on November 18.

The third generation of the MINI will be offered with a three-cylinder, 1.5-liter gasoline engine developing 134 bhp (100 kW) and 162 lb-ft (170 lb-ft with overboost) from as low as 1,250 rpm and a larger 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 189 bhp (141 kW) and 206 lb-ft (221 lb-ft with overboost). MINI mentions other gasoline engines will follow, including a more powerful unit for the S and JCW versions.

As for diesels, the all-new MINI will be available upon launch with a direct-injection, common-rail 1.5-liter outputting 114 bhp (85 kW) and 199 lb-ft (269 Nm). Compared to the previous 1.6-liter the new engine is 7 percent more economical and will be mated to new manual and automatic transmissions, just like the other engines.

The new MINI will feature as standard an active hood which is automatically raised in case of a pedestrian collision at speeds between 12 mph (19 km/h) and 34 mph (55 km/h). Once the hood is raised it creates a yielding crumple zone that absorbs impact energy and provides extra protection to the unfortunate pedestrian.

Although the car's size will grow, MINI mentions the weight has been lowered thanks to a more extensive use of high-strength steels. The new electronic power steering system will "promote agility, driving safety and comfort" while the braking system is lighter and has better friction. It will also boast electronically-adjustable dampers and two driving modes giving the owner the chance to choose from "emphatically sporty" and "balanced and comfortable."

The third-gen MINI will ride on the UKL1 platform which will also underpin future BMW front- and all-wheel drive models. MINI mentions efforts were made to create an "even more precise and sporty handling", as well as "further advances in the area of driving comfort." It will ride on a front strut and multi-link rear suspension and will provide better rear entry and cargo space thanks to the overhauled rear axle.

The 2014 MINI will be officially presented on November 18 at the firm's factory in Oxford, United Kingdom.

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