Friday 27 January 2012

Spied: 2013 BMW CAT/Mini Cooper

Spies have captured the upcoming BMW CAT (Compact Activity Tourer) and Mini Cooper undergoing cold-weather testing side by side in Northern Sweden.

The CAT will be longer than the current 1-Series hatchback and feature bespoke styling, something the thick disguise is hiding. The prototype also features a tall roofline, enhancing interior space.

The next-generation Cooper will be longer than the current model and on the inside, it will keep its centrally-mounted speedometer.

Under the hood, a variety of engines will be available. These include a new three-cylinder, 1.5 litre unit that produces 128bhp (130PS/96kW) and 148bhp (150PS/110kW) in diesel and petrol guise, a range of 2.0 litre four-cylinder units from the BMW 1-Series, and a new turbocharged 1.6 litre petrol that produces around 178bhp (180PS/132kW) in the Cooper S. A hybrid variant is also expected at a later date.

Both cars sit on a front-wheel-drive platform called UKL, which will be flexible enough to accommodate upto nine new models including the third-generation 1-Series.

The BMW CAT/1-Series GT and Mini Cooper will go on sale sometime in 2013.


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