Based on a pint-sized example of innovative automotive engineering conceived in the late 1950s, the new MINI brand launches in 2002 under Germany's BMW Group. Arriving with a three-door hatchback, MINI's 2002 Cooper unmistakably resembles the classic compact car outside and inside. Aside from looks, the new MINI Cooper's similarity to the original car ends. Employing 21st century construction the 2002 model year vehicle is comparably larger in size. The wheelbase for the new MINI Cooper is almost 17 inches longer than its predecessor and 11.5 inches wider. This enlarged 2002 MINI Cooper is targeted as a unique offering in a premium compact car category with comfortable seating for four occupants found within the car's form. The 2002 MINI Cooper is offered with a base version powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine generating 115 horsepower while a supercharged, 163-horsepower Cooper S represents a sportier trim level.