The upcoming F55 MINI was spotted at Munich Airport. In about three weeks time, the new 3-door F56 MINI goes on sale and will be followed a few months later by the F55 five-door model and the F57 convertible.
Built on a new front-wheel drive platform, the next generation MINI has already been praised by journalists from around the world. The go-kart driving feeling remains and it has now been augmented by BMW-like dynamics.
The F55 prototype spotted in Munich wears little to no camouflage and showcases a longer wheelbase. At the rear, the prototype carries a conventional tailgate, and the new MINI taillights.
At launch time, the F55 will be offered mainly with three-cylinder engines, both diesel and petrol. All these variants will stand out with their exceptional fuel consumption, for example the Cooper D will report 3.5 to 3.6 liters per 100 km. The faster petrol variant, 122 hp, while it runs 1.2 seconds faster than previous generation, it reports better fuel consumption: 4.5 to 4.6 liters per 100 km.
The high-end model will be the MINI Cooper S powered by a four-cylinder unit, more specifically the new B48 2.0 liter with 192 hp and 300 Nm of torque. From 0 to 100 km/h, the F55 Cooper S will run in 6.7 seconds.
Compared to the previous generation, the new MINI also gets more standard and optional features, some specific to premium cars, like Head-Up Display, LED headlights, active cruise control and traffic sign recognition.
In the U.S., the three-door F56 Cooper will start at $19,950 and the Cooper S at $23,600 – plus a $795 Destination and Handling charge. So we expect the F55 variant to be priced slightly above.