Mini has just launched a refreshed product range in NZ and headlining the new arrivals is the release of the greenest-ever model available for sale in New Zealand.
Fresh from success as the most fuel efficient vehicle in the recent EnergyWise Rally, the new Cooper D with its 1.6-litre diesel powertrain now sets a record as the first Mini with carbon emissions of less than 100 grams a kilometre (99g/km).
This new green engine also delivers a significant gain of 30Nm of torque, up to 270Nm, and a power increase of 2kW (up to 82kW). Fuel consumption is a lowly 3.8l/100km.
“The rationale for buying Mini is clear cut and is one of the few vehicles where there is no ‘head versus heart’ argument,” said the Managing Director of BMW Group New Zealand Limited, Mark Gilbert. “Mini offers a dynamic go-kart like driving experience but also offers unbelievable fuel economy and excellent green credentials. This superb new engine delivers considerably improved acoustic and consumption properties and will set new standards for fuel efficiency in this category.”
In addition to the new diesel powertrain, fresh visual enhancements include new alloy wheel options, a range of new colours and a variety of interior treatments which can be personalised to customer requirements.
Standard safety features include ABS, DSC, driver and front passenger airbags with occupant detector, side airbags for front seats and curtain head airbags. To meet new EU pedestrian safety guidelines, Mini is now 99mm longer to allow for larger deformation zones to reduce the risk of injury in a collision with a pedestrian or cyclist. The short overhangs and Mini proportions are still maintained, retaining the go-kart style that Mini is famous for.
All Mini variants now have new tail lights with LED technology to enhance safety in low-visibility conditions and offer a more contemporary appearance. The reversing light and rear fog lights are now located in the lower section of the rear bumper.
“These enhancements to Mini will make it an even more desirable proposition than ever before,” said Mr Gilbert. “Very few models can claim such widespread appeal and what has contributed to this success is that Mini is a fun vehicle which is very enjoyable to drive.”
The new Mini range is available from $38,900 and fans can purchase a new model through any one of four different retail channels.
To find out more go to www.mini.co.nz