Production of the new Mini five-door hatchback is in full swing, with the first models having rolled off the production line.
Following the launch of the all-new Mini hatchback last year, the new five-door is all set to challenge upmarket rivals such as the Audi A1 Sportback and Volkswagen Polo and will become the second model to be built from BMW's new UKL 1 platform (after the three-door version) – with a slightly longer wheel base to accommodate for five doors.
The five-door body style will be available across the Mini hatchback range, including the three-cylinder Cooper and Cooper D, and also the four-cylinder Cooper S and Cooper SD – all of which will come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, with a Steptronic automatic gearbox available as an option.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "The launch of the all-new five-door Mini is a further boost for the UK's manufacturing sector, and will help to secure jobs in Oxford and Swindon."
Frank Bachmann, managing director of Mini Plants Oxford and Swindon, also commented: "BMW Group has invested in creating state-of-the-art technology and facilities at Oxford and Swindon for the launch of this new generation of Mini, demonstrating the company's commitment to a long-term future for its UK production sites."
Author: Danielle Bagnall