To automotive journalists, the halfway point of the calendar year signals a rush of new model launches and updates, which means we’re preparing for the release of details on the new and revised 2011 models. Mini just gave us the lowdown on all of its changes planned for its Cooper and Clubman model lineups, highlighted by revised engines and an updated interior.
For 2011, the Mini Cooper and Cooper S receive power upgrades. The Cooper’s normally aspirated 1.6-liter I-4 now produces 121 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque, while the turbocharged S produces 181 horsepower and 177 pound-feet. The Cooper S now comes with an overboost function that temporarily boosts torque output to 192 pound-feet. Both engines can be ordered with either a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual transmission.
In addition to updated engines, all four models get new front and rear bumpers with larger foglights and new taillights. Mini has also added black headlight housings as a no-cost option, and optional adaptive xenon headlights ($100), which follow the driver’s steering input to better light the road. Mini added three new exterior colors, and updated three others. Five new wheel options complete the 2011 exterior updates.
Interior changes focus mostly on aesthetics and ergonomics. All interior trim pieces that were silver are matte black for 2011, and the gray headliner turns to beige. HD radio, as well as a one-year subscription to satellite radio (previously a $500 option), are standard. Clubman models now get a rear-seatbelt holder to make ingress and egress to the rear seat easier.
Look for the 2011 Mini lineup to hit dealerships later this year.
New: 2011 Mini Countryman
The 2011 Countryman is the largest Mini vehicle yet. It sports four full-size doors and seating for four adults. The Countryman follows Mini’s Cooper and Cooper S trim level nomenclature, and can be powered by either of Mini’s updated 2011 engines. Base Coopers will come standard with front-wheel drive, but S models will be available with Mini’s first all-wheel drive system.