BMW's new Mini Cooper sports eye-popping tech

On-screen HUD and graphic-based instrument cluster among the little car’s biggest highlights

BMW has unveiled an all-new Mini, and it’s taken a decidedly techie turn.

While the car looks outwardly similar to its predecessor, the new Cooper, Cooper S and Cooper D models are actually 10cm longer and sport a number of exterior updates such as (optional) LED headlights and a wider grille. There are also new paint options and more fuel efficient engines.
 

HUD slinging

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But it’s the interior that’s got us most intrigued. For starters the circular analogue speedometer in the centre of the console has been replaced by a screen that displays entertainment, navigation and “infotainment” systems (the speedo is now located on the dash behind the steering wheel). There’s also an on-board SIM that’ll automatically call the emergency services in the event of a crash.

More interesting still is the optional head-up display, which projects information including your speed and a navigation map onto a small transparent panel on at the base of the windscreen, right into the driver’s field of view.

The new Mini – the third generation of the car since BMW bought the name – will be built in Oxford. Prices start at £15,300 for the Cooper and £18,650 for the Cooper S.

[Mini via Top Gear]
 

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