With the new year comes a totally redesigned and re-engineered 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop, bringing MINI fans a car that’s larger both inside and out. With 4.5 inches of added length and 1.7 inches of added width, the Cooper wears an evolutionary design with an attractive new snout and a larger rear seat.
While size has increased, the Cooper’s engine has been downsized this time around. The base Cooper will feature a turbocharged 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine with 134 horsepower, while the upgraded Cooper S will come with a new TwinPower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 189 horsepower. Both will come mated to 6-speed automatic or manual transmissions, and bring an increase in performance.
The 2015 MINI Cooper and Cooper S will debut right around the start of Spring 2014, priced from $19,950 for the Cooper and $23,600 for the Cooper S. Even with its added size and heft, the MINI should be a willing performer, and it’s still nearly 9 inches shorter than a Ford Fiesta.