Mini Cooper Gets Cosmetic and Tech Upgrades That Add Personality


Upfront the round headlights get a modified design, while the optional LED units get an entirely new look and the adaptive LED headlights now sport Matrix technology for the high beam.

All engines, from the 1.5- to the 2.0-liter, boast further developments in efficiency and refinement.

2019 Mini Cooper lineup
2019 Mini Cooper lineup Handout Mini

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. There are now three new exterior colours - Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic and Solaris Orange metallic added to its palette.

If that's not British enough for you, you can also get a light-up Union Jack motif on the dashboard, assuming you opt for the new Piano Black trim option, which turns all interior trim gloss black.

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Inside, there's a new leather seat upholstery and a piano black package for the doors, centre console and instrument panel. In terms of rolling stock, 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 bodystyles.

Inside, all models feature a 6.5in touchscreen infotainment system and an updated steering wheel features improved multifunction controls. The entry-level option is now a three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol that gets increased torque, while higher pressure fuel injection is present in both diesel and petrol engines. For the first time Mini is offering Find Mate for its 2018 range, which consists of wireless tracking tags that can be placed on items that you carry in the vehicle regularly, so you can find them if they are misplaced or lost. All of the new models can also be customized via the new Mini Yours Customised program we talked about before. On top of that, there are new design cues that will also make their way to future Minis as well. A new 8.8-inch navigation system is available, with additional features. Support for Apple CarPlay is there, but not Android Auto. Telephony with wireless charging is integrated and there are Mini logo projections from the exterior mirror on the driver side.

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