Mini reveals facelifted 2018 hatch and convertible

Mini reveals facelifted 2018 hatch and convertible

The BMW-owned British marque's hatchback and convertible have received minor updates for the 2018 model year, with cosmetic changes to go with revised engines and the recently released, optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The rear lights also feature a new design in conjunction with the optional LED headlights. Indicators are horizontal, while the brake lights are vertical. There's no indication of an electric version of the small Mini Cooper despite the Electric Concept it displayed at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show. The front headlights have also been slightly reworked. Support for Apple CarPlay is there, but not Android Auto. It uses Matrix LED technology for the high beam, which has an anti-dazzle function for other road users. By dividing the beam into different segments for the low-beam and high-beam, each segment can be activated or deactivated independently of one another over 70 km/h (44 mph) when the front camera registers an oncoming vehicle.

Thanks to significant powertrain revisions that included a weight reduction, fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions have been reduced by up to five per cent. The gasoline-powered three-cylinder in the MINI One is 10 Nm more powerful than the pre-facelift model, tallying at 160 Nm for the entry-level version and 190 Nm for the more potent plant.

Power outputs for the Cooper, Cooper D, and Cooper S remain unchanged at 100kW, 85kW and 141kW respectively. Both automatics are represented by an all-new gear selector.

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Elsewhere, customers can choose from three new exterior colours, plus some fresh alloy wheel designs. There are also new exterior colors, like Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metallic.

Inside, the three-spoke steering wheel has been redesigned with expanded multifunction controls. Wireless smartphone charging also makes its debut on the options list.

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.

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