MINI has announced that it is introducing a new seven-speed dual clutch transmission that will replace the old six-speed automatic. The new transmission is not only more efficient, but will also shift faster than the outgoing transmission. MINI has announced that the seven-speed transmission will be available on the 3 door, 5 door and the convertible.
The double clutch transmission is operated by a newly designed electronic selector lever which always returns to its original position after changing between driving mode D, neutral position N and reverse mode. The parking lock is activated by pressing the P button. S mode can be activated from position D by shifting the selector lever to the left. The transmission can also adjust its shift patterns based on navigation data.
Although the new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission will be available as an option starting in 2018, it won’t be offered in the United States. Motor1 confirmed with Mini USA Communications Manager Mariella Kapsaskis who stated that the dual clutch transmission won’t be offered here, since it “takes up lots of capacity.”
Source: MINI and Motor1