Paris LIVE: MINI Hardtop five-door

MINI has expanded its lineup -- quite literally -- with the all-new Hardtop five-door.

MINI has introduced a new addition to its lineup, the Cooper five-door hatchback, at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

Built upon the same platform as the new MINI Hardtop, the five-door variant stretches the overall length by approximately six inches and adds nearly three inches of legroom for the rear passengers. Headroom has also improved slightly compared to the three-door model.

From a design perspective, the five-door hatchback maintains the same general aesthetics as its smaller sibling for a sportier appearance than the Countryman.

Buyers will be able to choose from four different powerplants, including three- or four-cylinder gasoline engines that provide respective outputs of 136 and 192 horsepower. Diesel options include a three-cylinder mill with 116 ponies and a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder oil burner that pushes 170 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of twist.

The gasoline-fueled Cooper S is said to run the 62 mph sprint in 6.8 seconds. The new DS diesel variant takes 7.4 seconds to reach the same speed, but claims an impressive 68.9 mpg in European driving cycles.

MINI provides a choice between a six-speed manual transmission featuring rev matching during downshifts, or a six-speed automatic gearbox. Both are borrowed from the new three-door hatchback.

The five-door MINI Cooper is expected to arrive in North America later this year, though the diesel engines are likely to be limited to other markets.

Live photo by Drew Johnson.

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