Facelifted Mini hatch and convertible here for 2018

Facelifted Mini hatch and convertible here for 2018

The front headlights have also been slightly reworked.

In the USA, 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. Wireless charging is making its way into many new cars nowadays, and the Mini adds it as an option for 2019 as well. There are also new exterior colors, like Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metallic.

Mini offers brighter LED front headlamps and rear tail lights on the new model. A matching Piano Black package for the outside does the same for the chrome around the lights and grille.

The 2018 MINI range will be in MINI's United Kingdom showrooms in March.

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This being Mini, individualization is important, so there's an option to get a soft top with the Union Jack embroidered on it, and another option to get seats that are covered in Malt Brown leather with diamond stitching reminiscent of classic English Chesterfield sofas. 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.

Connectivity continues as a theme for the 2019 upgrades, with available real-time traffic information via 4G LTE, Apple CarPlay, and the Mini Connected app now integrating navigation and calendaring.

On the features list is a new 6.5-inch display is included as standard, and features an updated and optimized user interface, Bluetooth mobile phone integration, and support for Bluetooth audio streaming.

All of these options are created to allow even more personalization of the highly recognizable cars. The program is coming to Canada, but Mini has not confirmed when. Examples include such dealer-installed staples as illuminated door sills, puddle lights, and interior trim accents. It's a quirky, smart design that emphasizes Mini's heritage. From start to finish, it takes just a couple of weeks, the company says. They can be installed by the dealer or the auto owner and can be swapped out whenever the mood strikes or if the vehicle gets sold.

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