MINI is set to shake up the local premium hatch market again with the imminent (August 2011) release of the MINI One, priced at just R198 000.
MINI One uses the same 1598ccm engine as found in the Cooper variant, albeit detuned to 72kW @ 6000 rpm and 153 Nm @ 3000 rpm (versus 90kW @ 6000 rpm and 160 Nm @ 4250 rpm in the Cooper). This has a positive effect on reducing fuel consumption to 5.4l/100km (Cooper: 5.8l/100km), emissions to 127g/km (Cooper: 136g/km) and emissions tax to just R598.50 (Cooper: R1368.00). Reduced power also means less speed: 0-100km/h in 10.5s (Cooper: 9.1s) and a top speed of 186km/h (Cooper: 203km/h). The rest is all still pure MINI!
The biggest impact will be on the attainability of the car. At R30 000 less than a Cooper, the One will be serious competition for the likes of the Fiat 500 and Citroen C3 / DS3. MINI fans will further be tempted by appetizing finance deals offered by MINI Financial Services, enabling them to drive a MINI One for a monthly installment of under R3000, on a lease basis.
The usual gamut of optional accessories is available on an a la carte basis for the MINI One, as well as a Pepper Pack starting at R17 000 offering a choice of 15 or 16 inch alloy wheels, leather or sports leather steering wheel, climate control, exterior chrome detailing, extended light package, front fog lamps, on-board computer, passenger seat height adjustment, better audio system, a choice of cloth/leather or full leather upholstery, additional trim and floormats.
In standard specification the MINI One comes with steel wheels and wheel covers, though we’re told an inexpensive option to upgrade to 15 inch alloys will be available at launch. Another quirk is that the roof is always body colour, which should not be an issue since there are 10 paint colours to choose from.
We hope that MINI South Africa considers introducing other One variants locally. It would be great to see MINI One Convertible, MINI One Clubman, and MINI One Minimalism (ultra eco-friendly MINI One with aerodynamic body, wheel covers, low rolling resistance tyres and start-stop ignition technology) alongside the rest of the MINI family.
Get all the details on the MINI One on the MINI.co.za website
Build and spec your own MINI One on the MINI Car Configurator
Read more about the MINI MINIMALISM Models
Details on the special finance deal from MINI Financial Services