New petrol MINI Cooper C and Cooper S

Following the launch of the new MINI Cooper Electric last year, the brand has now further expanded its offering with the introduction of a couple of new three-door petrol models: the MINI Cooper C and the performance-enhanced MINI Cooper S.

The latter gets a four-cylinder 2.0-litre engine with an increased output of 204 hp and a maximum torque of 300 Nm. The Cooper S has a 0-100km/h time of 6.6 seconds, according to MINI, and a fuel consumption of 6.1-6.7 litres/100km with CO2 between 138- and 150g/km.

Meanwhile, the MINI Cooper C is equipped with BMW’s 156 hp, three-cylinder 1.5-litre engine, which delivers a torque of 230 Nm and is said to be capable of completing the 0-100km/h sprint in just 7.7 seconds. Fuel consumption is stated as 5.9-6.5 litres/100km, with CO2 emissions between 133- and 146g/km.

Adding to the overall driving experience, MINI says both models are equipped with a suspension and damping system designed for precise handing and powerful brakes.

In Ireland, the Mini Cooper C is priced from €31,280 while the Cooper S will cost €37,740. First deliveries of both new petrol models is expected this spring.

Three trims are available: Classic, Exclusive and Sport, with each trim said to offer an array of exterior and interior personalisation options, along with either 16, 17 or 18 inch wheels.

There are five exterior colours to choose from (depending on trim), including a new ‘Ocean Wave Green’ and ‘Sunny Side Yellow’.

Central to the MINI Cooper’s interior is a circular, 24cm OLED display, where all of the vehicle’s functions can be operated via either touch or voice control using MINI Operating System 9.

The upper half of the screen displays vehicle-related information such as speed and important information on vehicle status, while the lower area houses navigation, media, phone and climate.

By folding down the rear seats in a 60:40 ratio, MINI says the luggage compartment can be expanded from 210 litres to provide a maximum volume of up to 725 litres.