UPDATED: MINI confirms Cooper 5-door is headed for Oz

MINI Australia has confirmed the new Cooper 5-door will arrive in Australia in Q4, 2024 with local pricing and specification to be announced soon. It follows the launch of the next-generation 3-door a few months ago.

Inside you’ll find enough space for five passengers, while a longer body and wheelbase over its smaller sibling mean plenty of storage room too, with 275-litres growing to 925-litres with the second row seats folded.

On the tech front, a new OLED display in the redesigned cockpit has been moved closer to the driver, making it easier to reach. Running on MINI OS9, functions can be controlled by touch or voice, including navigation, media, phone and climate.

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Seven MINI experience modes can also be selected to characterise the interior. Using a projector on the rear of the OLED display, they transform the dashboard into matching worlds of colour and pattern.

The interplay of projection and ambient lighting creates a unique, immersive experience that extends into the door trim. Each mode has its own customised backgrounds. On the road, the new Cooper 5-door maintains MINI’s fun to drive “go-kart” ride and handling.

To be offered in two powertrains, the C variant will be powered by a 115kW/230Nm 3-cylinder petrol engine, while the S will score a similarly fuelled 4-cylinder good for 150kW/300Nm.

On the outside, short overhangs, a small bonnet, a long wheelbase, and large wheels reflect the car’s compact silhouette, while its minimalist front end features iconic MINI round headlights, that can be adjusted to three different light signatures.

At the rear, clear surfaces and flush-fitting taillights enhance the look, and like the headlights, can be switched to different settings. To be offered in 11 exterior colours, with three different roof colours, there are four different trim levels.

Essential (a minimalist look), Classic (which alters things like the logo), Favoured (swapping a bunch of elements to Vibrant Silver, including the grille), and JCW (lots of high-gloss black and an exclusive Chili Red roof) are the choices.

Pricing will start at $43,990 plus on-roads. For more information, contact your local MINI dealership.

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