MINI is putting the finishing touches to the new five-door MINI Cooper S. Spied testing at the Nurburgring this is our best look at the more practical S variant, which will be an all-new addition to the MINI range. It’s expected to arrive later this year priced at a little more than the £18,650 three-door model.
Obvious changes over the standard Cooper S include the addition of two-rear doors – partially hidden by the camouflage. The five-door model also appears to be a little longer hinting that the wheelbase has been stretched, meaning more interior space. The new versatile UKL1 platform the MINI is now based on, however, makes lengthening the wheelbase possible.
Elsewhere, it’s a familiar story in terms of styling. The air scoop on the bonnet remains, flanked by the chrome-framed headlights, with large alloy wheels and a smattering of S badges marking it out as the performance-focused model. There are no interior shots, but expect all the tech and kit from the standard model to be adopted.
Mechanically, the five-door model will use the same 189bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine as the three-door. It is, however, likely to be a little slower as a result of the added weight but six-speed manual and automatic gearboxes will be available.