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New Mini hits Detroit

Latest edition is the focus of Mini booth set for NAIAS

Published: December 25, 2013, 10:00 PM

2014 Mini Cooper

It may not be as exciting as a fancy concept or a brand new model, but the new generation Mini will likely bring plenty of visitors by the Mini booth when the North American International Auto Show hits Cobo Center, Jan. 18 to 26, 2014.

Mini has redesigned some notable features of our favourite luxury go-kart, including the instrument panel's front-and-centre speedo, making room for some more modern technologies. They're also putting an emphasis on improved ride comfort that won't impede the marque's legendary handling.

The cargo space has been increased by 30%, which may make the Cooper a viable car for those who occasionally carry more than their lunch. The new Mini also features new LED headlamps and a head-up display, as well as available driver aids like a backup camera, camera-based cruise, pedestrian warnings and the like. An optional colour display can take up space vacated by the speedo, which has moved to the instrument cluster.

A three-cylinder engine will be on offer for the first time, with 134 hp and 162 lb.-ft. of torque. BMW says it'll show up in their lineup later, too. You can also opt for a 2.0-litre, 189-hp four with overboost that gets the torque up to 221 lb.-ft.  In Europe, they can drive home a diesel. Transmissions choices are a manual or automatic six-speed with auto start/stop and Green mode.

More than 800,000 visitors hit Cobo for the Detroit Show each year to see about 200 exhibits.