Mini reveals facelifted 2018 hatch and convertible

Mini reveals facelifted 2018 hatch and convertible

One of the key technological updates include new LED headlights that offer a brighter light in both low and high beam, and are available as an optional extra over the standard-fit halogen units.

The MINI 3-Door Hatch comes with a choice of five engines (four petrol, one diesel) including the new 1.5 litre petrol, the MINI 5-door gets a choice of four engines (three petrol, one diesel) and the MINI Convertible comes only with three petrol options.

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.

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.

However the Mini One (which does get a new engine in the form of a detuned version of the Cooper's 1.5), won't be part of the South African line-up any more, which is sad because it was arguably the pick of the bunch.

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MINI is giving its range - hatchback, five-door and convertible - a bit of a makeover for 2018 including, for the first time, the arrival of a dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

The updated Minis also expand the list of custom features available in the company's Mini Yours Customized inventory, conceived to help owners lend individuality to their cars. In addition, customers can specify a new 8.8-inch touchscreen navigation system with new user interface and greatly expanded features.

While a six-speed manual gearbox continues to be standard fair, a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission replaces the old six-speed torque-convertor unit as the automatic option for the Ray, Cooper, Cooper D and Cooper S variants. Telephony with wireless charging is integrated and there are Mini logo projections from the exterior mirror on the driver side.

With the new Mini Connected functions, a diverse range of services and function become available including: Advanced Real Time Traffic Information with 4G LTE connectivity, support for Apple CarPlay, Connected Services, and intelligent emergency call.

Thanks to LED Matrix technology for the headlamps, an automatic selective dip function is also available.

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