Unless you’re a diehard fan of the MINI Cooper, it probably takes a second or two to differentiate the current design from the previous two generations. That might change a little for the 2015 model year when MINI introduces the new 2015 MINI Cooper five-door.
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To accommodate the extra set of doors, MINI stretched the wheelbase of the Cooper by 2.9 inches and added 6.3 inches to its overall length. MINI has not yet released interior specifications for the 2015 MINI Cooper five-door, but it’s very likely this extra space will benefit the three-passenger rear bench seat. Also unknown is the added weight, so it’s not clear how this will affect the Cooper’s nimble handling or its impressive fuel economy. The three-door Cooper is rated at 30 mpg city and 42 mpg highway, while the Cooper S has EPA estimates of 27 mpg city and 38 mpg city.
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No changes will take place to the powertrain, which means the 2015 MINI Cooper five-door will carry over the same powertrain options as the three-door including the 124-hp, 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder and the peppier 189-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder on the Cooper S models. Six-speed automatic and manual transmissions are available sending power to the front wheels.
Full pricing details have yet to be announced, but MINI did say that this new five-door Cooper would cost an extra $1,000 over the three-door. This would put starting pricing at $21,450 for the base 2015 MINI Cooper five-door and $25,100 for the Cooper S five-door. Official pricing and specs should be announced before the car goes on sale later this year.