2014 MINI Hardtop Officially Unveiled at 2013 LA Auto Show

Sami Haj-Assaad
by Sami Haj-Assaad

The third generation MINI Hardtop made its US debut at the 2013 LA Auto Show, showcasing a more mature and grown up MINI than we’re used to.

MINI tells us we can expect a more fuel efficient and spacious Cooper and Cooper S, all while maintaining the vehicles fun-to-drive characteristics. New for the MINI is a three-cylinder engine which makes 134 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. The Cooper S however gets a four-cylinder engine, which makes 189 hp and has a peak torque rating of 221 lb-ft. Either engine can be paired to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

In order to make the cabin of the Hardtop Cooper more spacious, MINI chose to make the car bigger, length has increased by 4.5 inches, width grows by 1.7 inches and the car is even a bit taller too. While that makes this MINI less mini, it does allow the car to seat four-passengers with less moaning from the back seat.

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Expect the vehicle to sport a more comfortable ride, while the Cooper S gets dynamic damper controls to enhance the sporty compacts handling. There’s additional driving modes which even help to make the car more fuel friendly or more engaging.

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Inside, the MINI shows us a huge departure from past models, namely with the removal of the large center speedometer that older MINIs were known for. A large display is used again for the MINI Connected suite of apps. Not all the quirkiness is gone from the MINI though, the ignition is a unique looking toggle-switch.

This new MINI isn’t for the luddites though, as it is available with Head-Up Display, active cruise control, high beam assist, a rearview camera as well as collision and pedestrian warning.

MINI says the new Cooper and Cooper S will hit the dealers in March of 2014.

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Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad

Sami has an unquenchable thirst for car knowledge and has been at AutoGuide for the past six years. He has a degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto and has won multiple journalism awards from the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada. Sami is also on the jury for the World Car Awards.

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  • Cynthia Cynthia on Nov 27, 2013

    They have bastardized the MINI! As a lover and former racer of the vintage Mini, the bigger version is not true to the spirit of the car. I got my first "new: MINI when they first came out and have traded in a number of times since then. Each time it is getting bigger and more "conventional" looking. Very sad.

  • Fuck off wit the automatic video clips, I already know how to read. This trend is going to drive me insane.

    • Alex Kozovski Alex Kozovski on Nov 28, 2013

      And apparently you know how to write too. Congrats! But yea... auto-play videos = FAIL!