The luxury brand MINI under BMW Group has launched the 2018 MINI Cooper in India. In terms of pricing, the facelifted Cooper has been priced at Rs 29.7 lakh (ex-showroom, India) for the 3-door diesel S variant, Rs 33.3 lakh (ex-showroom, India) for 3-door Cooper S petrol and Rs 37.1 lakh (ex-showroom, India) for Cooper S convertible in the country while the 5-door Mini Cooper has been offered with a diesel engine only and costs Rs 35 lakh (ex-showroom, India). All the three versions of the 2018 Mini Cooper will be imported to India via the CBU (completely built unit) route and will be available for sale at authorized Mini dealerships across the country starting June 2018.
Talking about the updates, at the exterior the newly launched MINI Cooper gets the new Mini logo on the bonnet, tailgate, steering wheel, central instrument display and remote control as well as updated circular headlamps incorporating a circular ring LED daytime running lights (DRLs) and turn indicators. At the rear the car sports tail lamps with the Union Jack design.
At the inside, the 2018 MINI Cooper offers new multi-function steering and new front sports seats as standard and the new 6.50-inch color infotainment display with Bluetooth as standard. However, the car also offers customization option with optional features on offer. The optional features include the 6.5-touchscreen system with MINI radio visual boost allowing the driver to manage functions related to infotainment, telephone and vehicle settings as well as a MINI Wired package which features an 8.8-inch touch screen with Touchpad controller, second USB interface, MINI Find Mate, Navigation System Professional, MINI Connected XL, telephony with wireless charging and a 20GB internal hard drive for media storage.
Apart from these, an optional MINI Excitement package which features 12-color ambient lighting along with Mini logo projection from the outside rearview mirrors (ORVMs) and panoramic sunroof, Apple CarPlay functionality, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon music system and an 8-channel digital amplifier have also been offered as optional features with the 2018 MINI Cooper in the country. The safety features on offer include dual front airbags, ABS with brake assist, dynamic stability control, cornering brake control and run-flat tyres as standard.
Under the hood, the updated MINI Cooper has been offered with a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder twin-turbo petrol engine that makes 189 bhp of maximum power and 280 Nm of torque for the 3-door Cooper S and the Convertible. Though the engine was available with the outgoing models too but this time it has come paired to a new 7-speed dual clutch transmission. The 3-door Cooper is capable of doing 0-100 kmph in jusy 6.7 seconds with a top speed of 235 kmph. On the other hand, the 3-door Cooper D and the 5-door Cooper D come powered by a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder diesel engine that makes 112 bhp of maximum power and 270 Nm of peak torque. However, the diesel engine comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission only. The diesel engine helps the 3-door Cooper D and the 5-door Cooper D to reach the sprint from 0-100 kmph in 9.2 seconds with a top speed of 205 kmph.
All the 2018 MINI Cooper models come equipped with MINI driving modes in order to help the vehicle setup emphasizing on comfort, sportiness and economy. A choice of SPORT and GREEN modes are also on offer by the automaker in addition to the standard driving modes. Other performance oriented features include cruise control, optional rear parking camera, park assistant and head-up display along with auto start/stop function and regenerative braking for better fuel economy.
The entire 2018 Mini Cooper range is offered in three new colors - Emerald Grey metallic, Starlit Blue metallic and Solaris Orange metallic. An optional Piano Black exterior is available for the Cooper S models where the LED headlight, rear lights and radiator grille are finished in high gloss black instead of chrome. The range has been brought to India soon after its international debut in January this year. The 2018 MINI Cooper range will take against the likes of the Mercedes A-class and Volvo V40 in the Indian market.