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Mini range updated with new tech and DCT gearbox

Mini range updated with new tech and DCT gearbox

First off, there's the new Mini logo.

Inside, the revised MINI hatch and convertible ranges get a new multifunction three-spoke steering wheel, with three additional variants of leather-trimmed steering wheel optionally available.

In the United States, engine choices are limited to two petrol models, the Cooper and the Cooper S. The first one comes with a 3-cylinder 1.5-liter unit delivering 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels while the latter features a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine that pushes out 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque.

Daytime running light and indicator patterns have been updated, but it's the taillights that really set the new model off courtesy of a very patriotic Union Jack flag design.

Two 17in alloy wheels designs, three new colours and a refreshed logo design feature too, but aside from that the iconic look of the Mini goes unaltered.

The Hatch with 3 and 5 doors, as well as the Convertible, will go on sale this Spring, with first deliveries slated for the summer.

Those tech preferences also include wireless charging using a storage compartment integrated in the center armrest, which also adds a second USB port in the front section of the center console. "With the option Piano Black Exterior, the surrounds of the headlights, rear lights and radiator grille are finished in high-gloss black instead of chrome".

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The Mini has been given a facelift for 2018.

Headlines? Along with some new paint colours like "Solaris Orange" and "Starlight Blue" (both pictured) and some fresh alloy wheel designs, all United Kingdom cars come with LED headlights as standard with the option to step up to dazzle-free Matrix LED ones.

The color of the backlighting matches the ambient lighting selected by the driver.

An adaptive version of the latter with high-beam assist is also available.

All of these options are created to allow even more personalization of the highly recognizable cars. The upright light units at the rear now appear in a Union Jack design.

For those looking to take the personalization of their Mini to the next level can select and design the upgrade parts at the new Online Customizer specially developed for the new options.


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