The Mini Cooper arrived on the market for the first time back in 1961 and since then the model has only been offered in a three-door configuration. That trend is going to change when the next-generation Mini Cooper arrives on the market at the end of 2013, asMini has promised a five-door version Cooper to take on models like Audi A1 Sportback. The upcoming five-door version will be joined by a five-door Convertible and a Clubman version.
The future five-door Cooper will be built on the same UKL1 platform as the three-door Cooper version, but with an extended wheelbase to offer the rear seat passengers more interior room.
Engines and gearboxes will also be shared with the three-door version, meaning customers will get a new three-cylinder engine family next to the conventional four-cylinder engines.
Expect to see the new Mini Cooper five-door launched by the end of 2013.