Published on April 27th, 2023 | by Subhash Nair0
The MINI 3-Door: A Timeless Icon Celebrates One Millionth Production Of Current Gen
A piece of MINI news that isn’t ice cream related for a change.
Since its introduction in 1959, the MINI 3-Door has been a symbol of creativity, ingenuity, and agility. Now, as the one millionth example of the current generation rolls off the production line, the electric MINI Cooper SE, the iconic model proves its enduring appeal.
The MINI 3-Door is known for its maximum go-kart feeling and unmistakable silhouette, which have thrilled its global fan base for over six decades. Its modern version, introduced in 2014, breaks with conventions and reinterprets the compact 3-Door for the current generation. The iconic vehicle is a rebel and an icon, and its typical appearance is characterized by dynamic lines, clear shapes, and short overhangs. These features make the MINI 3-Door an ideal companion in dense urban traffic.
With high recognition value and significant advances in the areas of technology, efficiency, and power delivery, the MINI 3-Door stands out from the crowd with its unique design. It has remained true to itself over all these years, attracting a steadily growing fan base worldwide.
The MINI 3-Door is available in various configurations, from the MINI One First to the racing-inspired MINI John Cooper Works models. From the outset, the MINI 3-Door has been available with a diesel or gasoline engine, and since 2020, the highly successful MINI Cooper SE has stood for electrified go-kart feeling.
The next generation of the MINI family will also start with the MINI 3-Door, geared towards electric driving pleasure and ideal prerequisites for inspiring agility and creative use of space typical of MINI. The focus is on minimizing the ecological footprint and consistently developing the concept for urban driving fun that has been successful for over 60 years.
The MINI 3-Door has an impressive racing history, with John Cooper developing a GT model based on the classic Mini in 1960, establishing the model’s motorsport history. To this day, the John Cooper Works brand name stands for outstanding performance. With 225 kW/306 hp, the 2019 MINI John Cooper Works GP is the brand’s fastest-ever road-going model.
The powerful four-cylinder turbo engine of the MINI 3-Door, limited to 3,000 units, accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds, citing MINI’s impressive racing history. From winning the British Touring Car Championships with the first Mini Cooper to three overall victories at the Monte Carlo Rally and numerous other appearances, the MINI 3-Door carries racing in its genes.
The MINI 3-Door’s one-millionth vehicle will be delivered to Canada in British Racing Green paint. Last year, MINI recorded a significant increase in sales of electrified models, with one in five MINI models now electric.