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First official pictures of new 5 Door Mini … has it grown too much?

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One of the worst-kept motoring secrets is out – the five-door Mini has been unveiled and these are the first

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official pictures. The new Mini, or maxi Mini, is expected to go on sale in New Zealand early next year. It looks like a Mini, no doubt sounds like a Mini, but is it a Mini?

Bird's eye view

Bird’s eye view

We have shown you many camouflaged spy photos of the five-door Mini under development, but the finished product – officially called the 5 Door – in all its glory might be said to have grown a tad too much. Compare the pictures. Mini has made much in its press release of the five-door having three rear seats for the first time, but at 1727mm the car is the same width as the three-door. How does that work? The UKL1 platform on which the third-generation Mini line-up is based has been stretched 161mm to accommodate five doors, a 72mm-longer wheelbase, 15mm more headroom and a boot that’s grown from 211 litres to 278 litres. At 1425mm, the five-door is also 11mm taller than the three-door, a deliberate increase in height to help boost sales in vital markets like the US. The 5 Door weighs 60kg more than the three-door hatch.
Seating for five?

Seating for five?

The car pictured at top is the Cooper S, which gets the same 141kW/280Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine as in the standard hatch. It’s the quickest in the range, able to hit 100km/h in 6.9 seconds with the manual gearbox and 6.8 seconds with the automatic. Mini claims town-and-around fuel use for the Cooper S of 5.4 litres/100km.There will also be a Mini Cooper using a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine delivering 100kW/220Nm and claimed fuel use of 4.8 litres/100km when matched with the six-speed manual. No word yet on what engine options will be available in the 5 Door in New Zealand, but the global announcement reveals the two previously described petrol units and two diesels.
Same design and styling cues

Same design and styling cues

The oil-burners are the Cooper SD and Cooper D, both turbocharged. The go-faster Cooper SD will use a 125kW/360Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit, and the Cooper D an 85kW/270Nm 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine. Mini claims fuel use of 4.1 litres/100km for the SD and 3.8 litres for the D. The 5 Door shares the same styling and design as the new three-door Mini, with the hexagonal grille, chrome-ringed headlights and tail-lights along with different paint options and customisation packages.  
5 Door is 11mm taller

5 Door is 11mm taller and 161mm longer than three door

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