Published on January 20th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
MINI One First 5-Door Launched
In an effort to diversify their model range even more and cater to an entry level market, MINI has launched the One First variant of their MINI 5-door hatchback model. The One First sits below the One in the grand scheme of things, being even more “entry-level” than before.
Like all representatives of the latest model generation, the MINI One First 5 door is powered by a completely newly conceived engine featuring cutting-edge MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology. Its 1.2 3-cylinder spark ignition engine 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 Newton metres which goes on stream at 1,400 rpm, accelerating the new MINI One First 5 door from zero to 100 km/h in 13.4 seconds.
Power transmission to the front wheels is taken care of by a likewise newly developed 6-speed manual transmission offering optimised efficiency, reduced weight and a high level of shift comfort. What is more, an integrated gear sensor enables particularly harmonious and dynamic shifting. The high efficiency of the new drive technology is reflected in an average fuel consumption of 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres. The relevant CO2 emission level of the new MINI One First 5 door is 121 grams per kilometre (EU test cycle figures, dependent on tyre format selected).
The market launch of the new basic model expands the engine portfolio of the MINI 5 door (combined fuel consumption: 5.9 – 3.5 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 136 – 92 g/km) to four petrol and three diesel engines, covering an output range of 55 kW/75 hp to 141 kW/192 hp. Hallmark brand agility, characteristic style and the further refined qualities of the latest MINI generation are combined with additional functionality and comfort in all models, resulting not only from the extra doors but also a wheelbase which has been extended by 72 millimetres as compared to the new MINI 3 door.
It’s a bit of a strange concept because over here, even the MINI One is considered a premium product- despite its budget fittings. In other countries however, the MINI is viewed as a good starter-car- a popular choice amongst young drivers, without the need for extreme financing.