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Spied! A five-door Mini decked out for paint job

on December 2 2013 | in Industry news, Latest news | by | with Comments Off

Mini has built a five-door hatchback, a stretched version of the new three-door model unveiled at the Los Angeles motor show.

Mini five-door

Mini five-door

Anonymous pictures of a prototype taped up for painting at the Mini factory in Oxford, England, are doing the rounds of the internet.

A hint that a five-door might be in the mix came at the Los Angeles motor show where Mini unveiled the three-door.

Mini product executive Dietmar Zimmerhackl told reporters: “You can see from looking at the standard hatch that we will need to expand the wheelbase just to fit another set of doors in.

“Some people want a Mini with the ease of five doors but they don’t want it to be as big as the Countryman. That’s our market here,” said Zimmerhackl.

The car pictured is a Cooper S, identified by the bonnet vent. It will use the new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine in a line-up of more powerful but cleaner burning engines.

The 1.6-litre family has been replaced by 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol and diesel units for the Cooper and Cooper D (diesel), and the 2.0-litre Cooper S.

Buyers now have a choice of three six-speed gearboxes: manual or automatic, or a dual-clutch unit that comes complete with shorter shift times and rev-matching downshifts.

The five-door hatchback will be aimed at buyers in love with everything Mini but needing extra space.

The three and five-door versions will comprise a new-look line-up for Mini that could total eight separate models, all based on the flexible new UKL1 platform.

Replacements for the Cabriolet, Clubman, Countryman and Paceman are guaranteed, while a sporty Mazda MX-5 rival could replace the slow-selling Roadster and Coupe models.

• See ‘New Mini grows in every direction’

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