20 June 2024
F65 MINI Cooper 5 Door Launched

MINI Cooper 5 Door launch comes on the heels of the 3 Door launch.

It wasn’t too long ago that the F66 MINI Cooper 3 Door was launched. Now we have its F65 MINI Cooper 5 Door joining the ranks with internal combustion engines. As with the F66, the F65 will see the standard Cooper designated with a ‘C’, and the performance variant with an ‘S.’

The 5 Door C features an inline three-cylinder turbocharged engine putting out 156hp and 230Nm of torque to its front wheels, and seeing off the 0-100km/h sprint in 8.0 seconds and on to a top speed of 225km/h.

On the other hand, the 5 Door S sports an inline four-cylinder turbo powerplant offering up 204hp and 300Nm of torque to the front tyres, and dusting off the century sprint in just 6.8 seconds. Top speed is 242km/h.

With a length of 4,036 mm, a width of 1,744 mm and a height of 1,464 mm, the body dimensions are almost identical to those of its predecessor. This means as much space liberated as possible within the MINI Cooper’s footprint.

The MINI Cooper 5 Door reflects its urban character via short overhangs, a small bonnet, a long wheelbase, and large wheels.

Standard LED headlights with individually adjustable daytime running light elements form the classic MINI headlights that are instantly recognisable.

Flush-fitting taillights feature at the rear, and the vertically aligned LED clusters are reminiscent of the classic MINI lights. Like the headlights, they can be switched to different settings.

11 body colours will be available, and the roof is offered with a choice of three contrasting colours, the car’s body colour and the characteristic multi-tone roof with a gradual colour gradient.

Four different exterior trims are also on offer. The Essential Trim, which comes as standard, emphasises the minimalist overall appearance and highlights certain functional parts such as the logo in Vibrant Silver.

Starting with the Classic Trim, the roof is available in black or white, as is the Multitone roof with its unique colour gradient, and contrasting with the body colour for a more expressive look.

In the Favoured Trim version, the front radiator grille frame and certain design elements are finished in Vibrant Silver, further enhancing the individuality of the MINI Cooper.

The JCW Trim emphasises the sporty side of the MINI Cooper 5 Door with exclusive design features such as the striking front and rear diffusers, radiator grille surround and high-gloss black JCW logo in a nod to MINI’s motorsport heritage. Chilli Red is available exclusively for the contrasting roof.

Wheel designs in 16- to 18-inch sizes offer further exterior options, and endow the MINI Cooper 5 Door with its go-kart-like darty handling characteristics.

The 60:40 folding rear seats increase the luggage compartment capacity from 275 litres to up to 925 litres, making this car pretty practical.

On the inside, the first items of note are the round instrument display in the centre and the characteristic toggle switch strip below, in a throwback to Sir Alec Issigonis’ interior styling of the very first MINI.

The central 240mm OLED display in the redesigned cockpit has been moved closer to the driver, making it easier to reach, and features a high resolution. MINI Operating System 9 takes centre stage here, and all vehicle functions can be controlled by touch or voice.

Vehicle-related information is displayed at the top. The lower part of the OLED display provides direct access to the navigation, media, phone and climate control menus. The home button returns the display to its default settings.

Behind the steering wheel, the optional, slim, combined head-up display ensures that all relevant content appears in the driver’s field of vision. As a result, the dashboard on the driver’s side does not require an additional instrument panel, so it opens the view to the front.

A specially developed knitting process is used to create the versatile, easy-care structure of the textile that adorns the dashboard and door panels in a two-colour design made of recycled polyester.

Seven MINI Experience Modes can be selected according to mood and personal preference. Using the MINI Projector on the rear of the OLED display, they transform the dashboard into myriad colours and patterns that extend into the door trim.

This brings about new possibilities for individualisation. In Personal Mode, for example, a personalised image can be selected as the OLED display’s background via the MINI App.

The dominant colours of the picture are then applied to the dashboard’s textile surfaces using a digital colour picker. The ambient lighting under the dashboard and in the door mirror is also colour-coded to match these projections.

The rocker switch strip with its toggle switches features the parking brake, gear selector, start/stop button, Experience Mode, and volume control all at one’s fingertips.

The removal of the gear selector has freed up more space in the centre console, which now features a large open storage compartment in addition to the cupholders. Smartphones can be charged in the wireless charging area at the front of the console. Just like the exterior, four newly designed trims underline the feel-good concept.

The Essential Trim includes black sports seats with patterned multi-tone fabric and a matching fabric strip on the dashboard. Vibrant Silver, is used as an accent to highlight certain interior and exterior functional elements.

Starting with the Classic Trim, the standard two-spoke steering wheel is replaced by a three-spoke version with a textile band at the six o’clock position. A 2D knitted fabric in grey and black on the dashboard and doors contrasts with the imitation leather seats.

A two-tone houndstooth pattern features on the knitted dashboard, and the perforated Vescin sports seats are available in two colours with traditional accent stitching.

JCW Trim is sporty in nature. Combined with multi-coloured knitted fabric and black imitation leather with red stitching, the colour scheme echoes that of the dashboard and door trims.

The built-in MINI Intelligent Personal Assistant can be activated with the greeting “Hey MINI” or by using the steering wheel button. Voice-controlled interaction takes place on the circular OLED display in the form of an animation of graphic elements, typography, and an avatar.

Users can choose between the visualisation of “MINI” and the virtual travel partner “Spike”. The driver can easily control navigation, telephone, entertainment, and numerous vehicle functions by voice.

The new Parking Assistant Plus makes the parking process even easier. Thanks to 12 ultrasonic sensors and four surround-view cameras, possible parking spaces can be identified more clearly and even independently initiate space-restricted parking manoeuvres.

With MINI Digital Key Plus, the smartphone becomes the key and opens the car automatically, and is transferable to different users.

The welcome projection of the front and rear lights begins at less than three metres in proximity, and the doors are unlocked when the driver is less than 1.5 metres away from the car.

Local specifications for Singapore have yet to be announced. Watch this space.

Photo Credits: BMW MINI

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