US Dealerships to Receive 5-Door MINI Hardtop in January 2015

Yesterday we were telling you that the new 5-door MINI Hardtop alternative will be available for deliveries in October this year for a small €900 premium over the 3-door version. The US customers will have to wait a little longer though.
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According to the USA branch of the British company, deliveries of the new model will begin in January 2015 on US soil, more than 2 months after the first ones will be rolling out in Europe.

The difference is most likely due to the extensive tests the Environmental Protection Agency and other organizations have to perform before allowing it to be sold on the North American continent. That doesn’t mean that you can’t order one until then, though.

If that’s the case, you should also know that prices will be $1,000 bigger than for the 3-door alternative, on average. Therefore, even thought the official prices haven’t been released in full, we can have a guess at what they’ll be.

The 5-door MINI Cooper will start at around $21,675 in the US, including the $725 handling and delivery tax. That will get you the new 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged engine developed for this new platform, making 136 HP and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque.

The other version that will be available at first in the US, the Cooper S will probably start at $25,352 including the $725 destination and handling fee. This time you get the 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder B48 engine to play around with, including all of its 192 HP and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) of torque.

What most of the American buyers are actually waiting for is the John Cooper Works version, though, the one that will get your blood flowing faster than you thought it would. However, at the moment, MINI didn’t release any official info about what powerplant these models will have.

Even so, speculation keeps the internet alive and, if we’re to make an educated guess, we’d have to bet on the same unit used on the upcoming 225i Active Tourer. That’s a 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder making 231 HP and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque which would be more than enough for a car that weighs a tad over 1,200 kg (2,645 lbs).
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