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Trevor Collett | Oct, 01 2013 | 1 Comment

The trend to downsized engines has found its way to MINI. The all-new next-gen MINI will be available with a three-cylinder variant among the model line-up.

The three-cylinder is one of two new 'TwinPower' engines to be nestled under the bonnets of the new MINI: a 1.5 litre three-cylinder and 2.0 litre four, both with twin-scroll turbo petrol power.

An all-new MINI Cooper Hatch will be the first model to feature the new power-plants. It's expected to debut next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Following the Hatch’s debut, the new engines will gradually be introduced to the rest of the MINI range.

Power output for the 1.5 litre unit will be 100kW, while the larger 2.0 litre will be good for 141kW.

Torque figures of 220Nm for the 1.5 litre at 1250rpm and 280Nm for the 2.0 litre can be expected, but the over-boost function on the 2.0 litre will see 300Nm. Both engines are red-lined at 6,500 RPM.

MINI says the engines will feature direct fuel injection and variable camshaft and valve control in the more powerful versions.

Internal components such as pistons and conrods have also been weight-optimised in the pursuit of fuel and emissions savings. Both new twin-scroll turbo power plants are EU6 emissions-compliant.

MINI will also introduce electrically-adjustable dampers in its cars for the first time, giving the driver the opportunity to switch between sports ride and handling, or a more comfortable and compliant setting.

Stay tuned to TMR for more news on the all-new MINI Hatch and the Los Angeles Auto Show.

 
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