MINI has updated the core models in its range for 2018 as part of a facelift with a focus on modern technology and connectivity features. The new MINI 3-Door Hatch, 5-Door Hatch and Convertible go on sale on 17 March, 2018. There are minor cosmetic changes to go with revised engines and the recently released, optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. As befitting a modern MINI, the range of options for personalisation has grown further as well.
To the exterior are new LED headlights and tail lights (which incorporate a cool Union Jack motif) while a new flush MINI logo adorns the updated model. The adaptive LED headlamps feature automatic selective dip and there are three new exterior colours: Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic and Solaris Orange metallic.
A gloss black exterior pack replaces chrome finish on the headlights, tail lights and radiator grille with gloss black items. The optional range of wheels grows to include two-tone roulette spoke and two-tone propeller spoke items which are now available across all MINI body styles.
Mechanically, the MINI One power unit gains capacity, growing from 1.2 litres to 1.5 litres, with peak output starting from 75hp in the MINI One First. At the upper end of the range, a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol delivers 192hp in Cooper S guise. All models are optionally available with the new seven-speed gearbox featuring steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, while a six-speed manual is standard.
Three diesel engines are available with outputs ranging from 95hp to 170hp and each is mated to an eight-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. A total of four petrol engines and three diesels make up the powertrain line-up for the MINI hatchback range, while the convertible gets three petrols and three diesels, dropping the base 75hp petrol unit for the soft-top.
Inside, the revised MINI hatch and convertible ranges get a new multifunction three-spoke steering wheel. As standard, a 6.5-inch touchscreen includes Bluetooth phone integration while satellite navigation system is option. Wireless charging for mobile phones is also available as an option, located within the centre armrest storage compartment. This option includes a second USB socket located in the front section of the centre console.
Additional comes from the 'MINI Yours' range and offers personalisation options via an online shop, for items such as side scuttles, decorative strips for the interior on the passenger side, LED door sill finishers and LED door projectors – WG.
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