Mini adds new 5-door body style for 2015 - w/video

I for one, didn't expect this one even though there have been spy pics. For 2015, Mini has announced an addition to the body-style line-up...a five-door sedan that is based on the new third-generation platform. This means that you get the improved interior ergonomics, updated styling, and the slightly larger size and new engines. Whether this bodes well for the continuation of the Clubman model, with the rear mini doors, remains to be seen. The Mini 5 door will get the new three-cylinder (136 hp) in the Copper model while the Cooper S gets the turbo four (192 hp). Both engines can be mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. No word on the diesels for the US or an expected John Cooper Works model. The wheelbase has been extended by almost three inches which went to back-seat foot room. all the good stuff continues like Mini Connected, LED lighting, premium audio (including Harmon/Kardon speakers), leather, and more available as standard or as extra-cost options. For, check out the press release and ten pics after the jump. (FYI the dark blue car is right-hand drive.) Enjoy...more to come. Expect the Mini 5 Door later this year.

Source: Mini - Press release and pics (10) after the "read more" jump.

2015 Audi RS7 Sportback zooms onto the tarmac

The Audi A7, and by default the hi-po S7 and RS7 models, are interesting cars. They feature the latest four-door coupe styling, but are in fact five-door coupes with hatchback trunk access like the Porsche Panamera. Almost everyone likes the A7's styling and many are even rapturous in their praise, so Audi was berry, berry caweful (use an Elmer Fudd accent for maximum effect) with the 2015 updates to the line-up. Lighting duties are mostly by LED units and Europeans will be able to opt for Audi's new Matrix lighting (not approved for the US yet). The grille has been tweaked and quattro lettering has been added to the bottom of the RS7's schnoz. But all the good stuff remains like the 4.0-liter turbo V8 (560 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque), an eight-speed automatic, quattro all-wheel drive, enhanced MMI infotainment, leather sport interior, and more. The new RS7 will hit sixty in well under four seconds and still return almost 25 mpg. Three new optional packages – matte aluminum, gloss black, and carbon – can further individualize the look of your RS 7 Sportback. For more information about the new RS 7 (and the A7 and S7), check out the press releases after the jump. If the RS7 is your thang, remember to bring a large and well-funded checkbook...

Source: Audi - Press releases after the "read more" jump.