Next Mini Cooper Will Have Three-Cylinder Engine

Mini has announced that the next generation Mini Cooper will be powered by a three-cylinder engine. Official technical details of the new Mini Cooper engines have been released, starting with the base model’s new three-cylinder turbocharged engine.

The base engine will be a 1.5-liter three cylinder turbocharged engine with 138-horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque. The three-cylinder will also have an overboost feature that will increase torque to 170 lb-ft for a short time. Cooper S models will use a direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 195-horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque that jumps to 221 lb-ft with overboost. No official word has come out on the John Cooper Works Mini Cooper but Left Lane News claims it could have as much as 300-hp.

Mini will be using all new manual and automatic transmissions in the Mini Cooper. All wheel drive still won’t be an option on the Cooper, so buyers in snowy states will still need to step up to the Countryman or Paceman.