Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

MINI gets more tech and new DCT option

MINI gets more tech and new DCT option

The 3-cylinder gasoline engine offered in the Mini ONE First and Mini ONE range has had a capacity boost to 1.5 liters, which has resulted in a 10 Nm torque increase for both models.

The British premium automobile manufacturer, MINI has strengthened the progressive character and appeal of its models in the small auto segment with a stylishly refined visual appearance and extensive technological advancements with a MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door variant, a MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door and a MINI Cooper Convertible for 2018.

Using the new Mini Yours Customised service, buyers can create bespoke designs for 3D printed trim, illuminated door sills and LED projectors.

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 freshened Minis are expected to begin arriving in showrooms in the first quarter of the new year. In addition, the new option Mini Yours Interior Style Piano Black with illumination includes a backlit decorative panel on the passenger side of the dashboard, likewise finished in Piano Black as well as bearing a stylized Union Jack motif.

A mini makeover facelifted Mini hatch and convertible here for 2018

The interior got a new steering wheel along with new materials and optional features.

Under the skin, little has changed, but the entry level One model has ditched its 1.2-litre petrol in favour of a detuned version of the 1.5 from the Cooper.

On the diesel front, the MINI range comprises three variants with outputs ranging from 95 hp to 170 hp, and each is mated to an eight-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The 2019 models also ride on new 17-inch alloy wheels. The line-up culminates in the 2.0-litre petrol engine of the Mini John Cooper Works, which makes 231hp. A new 8.8-inch navigation system is available, with additional features. MINI has also integrated a storage compartment in the centre armrest console for wireless charging of phones.

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

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