Facelifted Mini hatch and convertible here for 2018

Yolanda Curtis
January 12, 2018

Mini has further developed the engines used in the range for more efficiency and torque.

Mini whipped the covers off its facelifted three-door, five-door and convertible ranges this week, with all three models picking up revised lighting systems, refined engines and new automatic transmissions.

Otherwise, a trio of new paint options - Emerald Gray, Starlight Blue and Solaris Orange - and some updated alloy rims round out the changes to the 2019 Mini Cooper.

All MINIs will now come as standard with LED headlights and taillights, and the tail lights come with a new "Union Jack" graphic (just in case we forget MINI's roots are British) and there's also optional Adaptive headlights with Matrix beam. And you'd be right because although Mini chose to launch this auto right before winter shows its teeth, it will go on sale in the U.S. in March 2016, so right at the beginning of cabriolet season.

Inside the Minis will now feature new leather in brown along with increased Mini customisation options.

As for the technology upgrades, they include a 6.5-inch (16.5-centimetre) color infotainment screen, USB and Bluetooth connectivity and multifunction steering wheel that are now standard, a new touchscreen Navigation with Apple CarPlay and wireless smartphone charging, and the new Mini Connected Services with Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI), Online Search, Natural Language Understanding and Concierge Service.

An all-new, two-dimensional "Mini" logo has been rolled out for the first time, appearing on the bonnet, tailgate, steering wheel, multimedia system and remote control in all models.

To cement its position as a fashion icon as much as an automotive one Mini is treating its most popular three-door, five-door, and convertible models to a minor makeover. On top of that, there are new design cues that will also make their way to future Minis as well.

But one of the biggest upgrades to the Mini for 2018 is the introduction of a new seven-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch and electronic shift selector. This option also adds high-gloss Piano Black surfaces in the area of the doors and center console.

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