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by Tim Beissmann

The all-new Mini 5 Door has been officially revealed, becoming the first-ever five-door hatchback to wear the iconic British city car badge.

Unveiled online today, the Mini 5 Door will launch overseas in September before going on sale in Australia in the first quarter of 2015.

At 3982mm long (Cooper S and SD variants: 4005mm), 1727mm wide, 1425mm tall and riding on a 2567mm wheelbase, the Mini 5 Door is 162mm longer and 11mm taller than the regular three-door Mini Cooper hatch, and is 72mm longer between the wheels.

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Mini claims the additional wheelbase length translates directly to a 72mm boost in rear legroom and foot space, while the five-door also offers 15mm more headroom and 61mm more interior width at elbow level.

The boot, available with a variable luggage compartment floor, measures 278 litres – up 67L from the three-door – and expands to 941L with the 60:40 split rear seats folded forwards.

Unlike the three-door, the Mini 5 Door is a five-seater, further enhancing its practicality and ability to rival the likes of the Audi A1 and larger Volkswagen Golf.

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Internationally, the launch range will mirror that of the three-door that went on sale at the end of 2013, comprising the turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder Cooper and Cooper D variants and the sportier 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo Cooper S and Cooper SD.

Outputs are identical, with the Cooper producing 100kW and 220Nm, the Cooper D 85kW and 270Nm, the Cooper S 141kW and 280Nm, and the Cooper SD 125kW and 360Nm. The Cooper S is the quickest from 0-100km/h at 6.8 seconds, while the Cooper D, at 3.6 litres per 100km, is the most fuel efficient.

Each model comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission and is available with an optional six-speed automatic.

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Mini Australia corporate communications general manager Lenore Fletcher said details of the local line-up were still to be finalised, though admitted the popularity of the restructured third-generation three-door range made it “highly likely” we would see a similar line-up for the 5 Door, meaning the availability of Cooper, Cooper D and Cooper S variants.

The Mini 5 Door will reportedly cost about £600 ($1080) more than the three-door in the UK. An equivalent premium is expected to carry over to the Australian range, putting the Cooper at about $28,000, the Cooper D at about $33,000 and the Cooper S at about $38,000.

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The five-door Mini is equipped and specified like the three-door and features a familiar dashboard layout.

As with the smaller model, the 5 Door will be available with a host of driver assist features including head-up display, reverse-view camera, auto reverse parking, active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning with auto braking, high beam assistant and road sign detection.

Other standard and available features include LED headlights and daytime running lights, parking sensors, heated seats, dual-zone climate control, digital radio, and infotainment systems with screens ranging up to 8.8 inches.

Reports from the UK suggest the Mini 5 Door may become the brand’s most popular model, with company insiders predicting it could triple the sales of the three-door.




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