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by Tim Beissmann

It will come as little surprise to most that the Mini Cooper family is growing again, this time with an all-new five-door hatchback body style for the upcoming third-generation city car.

Set to be unveiled next year ahead of its international roll-out in 2014, the new Mini Cooper five-door hatch will sit alongside the traditional three-door in the line-up, adding yet another dimension to the brand’s diverse showroom.

With its sights firmly set on the pint-sized yet premium Audi A1 Sportback, the new five-door Mini is designed to add more practicality and conventional hatchback appeal to the popular hardtop model.

With an almost Range Rover-esque profile, the Cooper five-door hatch sports short front and rear overhangs, a flat roof and a heavily raked rear window with a protruding tailgate.

The new Mini Cooper will ride on parent company BMW’s new front-wheel drive architecture, which made its world premiere at September’s Paris motor show in the form of the BMW Concept Active Tourer hatchback.

The third-gen Mini family will be powered by an all-new range of 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines

Engines and transmissions will be shared across the three-door and five-door models, although the latter is set to feature a longer wheelbase to make room for the rear doors and create more space for rear-seat passengers.

The Mini Cooper five-door hatch will be one of at least eight variants in the third-generation range, joining the three-door, Cabriolet, Clubman, Coupe/Roadster, and Countryman/Paceman.




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