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2006 Paris Auto Show, Part III

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2006 Paris Auto Show Index by TCC Team (9/25/2006)

 

MINI Cooper S

2007 MINI Cooper S

2007 MINI Cooper S

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The new MINI is on the way! What, you hadn’t heard? Since you obviously missed our preview of the next Cooper and Cooper S, the folks at MINI were kind to reprise it during the press launch of the vehicle at the Paris show, complete with a huge inflatable ball hiding the new Cooper from view, and with a live DJ to propel the Cooper into its second generation. Five years after the first BMW-penned MINI came to life, the second generation arrives with a trio of engines and a refined new interior. The base engine for the U.S. will be a 1.6-liter in-line four with 120 horsepower, good for a 60-mph acceleration time of less than 9.1 seconds and a top speed of 126 mph. The turbocharged 1.6-liter that replaces the MINI’s former supercharged unit produces 175 hp and a 60-mph accel time of 7.1 seoncds, along with a top speed of 140 mph. And for other markets around the world, the MINI One develops 95 hp from a 1.4-liter four. A turbodiesel model will be offered later in the cycle.


MINI officials for the U.S. confirm that the “Traveller” concept from the 2006 Detroitauto show will enter production next year, prior to the new-generation convertible.

Stay tuned this week for a full road test on the new Cooper.

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Preview: 2007 MINI Cooper by Henny Hemmes (7/31/2006)
Evolved in a gradual way.  

 

BMW X3


2007 BMW X3

2007 BMW X3

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A revamped X3 sport-ute bows for the 2007 model year, and in Paris its sleeker nose poked its way through the BMW stand. The X3 gets a range of new engines to go with its trimmed, sleeker nose, and its reconfigured taillamps, including a new twin-turbo diesel with 286 horsepower. All versions, including those coming to the U.S., are outfitted with new automatic transmissions and a new interior more like that found in the new 3- and 5-Series vehicles. All-wheel drive is standard. The other new engines include a 272-hp, 3.0-liter in-line six and a 2.5-liter in-line six with 218 hp.

 

 

 

2007 BMW 3-Series Coupe

2007 BMW 3-Series Coupe

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BMW 3-Series Coupe

Already previewed here at TheCarConnection — a full road test comes to you next week — the new BMW 3-Series coupe offers a gorgeous new profile to go along with the intoxicating power of a new twin-turbo 3.0-liter in-line six. The flowing two-door version of the current generation of 3-Series vehicles can also be ordered with all-wheel drive, a first for BMW’s entry-level two-door. Stay tuned for TCC’s test drive of the 335i next week, or take in our preview of the coupe below.

 

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Preview: 2007 BMW 335i Coupe by Henny Hemmes (7/10/2006)
A turbo blast with sleek two-door looks.


 
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