Few cars are as iconic as the Mini hatchback and it remains one of the most stylish and surprisingly affordable fixtures in the new car market.
The third-generation Mini – which arrived in 2014 – continued its brilliant reinvention under the ownership of the BMW Group and its rebirth has been taken one step further with today’s reveal of the facelifted model.
Available from March 17th, the Mini’s mid-life refresh brings new tech, new styling details and a new seven-speed automatic gearbox.
Key changes to the Mini include new designs for the front and rear LED lights, a 6.5-inch colour infotainment screen with USB and Bluetooth connectivity as standard, and a revised touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and wireless smartphone charging.
A multifunction steering wheel now also comes as standard, while the range of customisation options has been fleshed out for 2018 to include new body finishes, piano black exterior and alloy wheel designs, as well as an extended range of leather trim, new interior backlit surfaces and colour lines.
Buyers can still choose to spec their Mini with three or five doors and as a fixed-roof Hatch or soft-top Convertible. A new seven-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch and electronic shift selector has also been introduced.
Carbon fibre reinforced plastic has been used on the engine covers to make the nippy runaround lighter, while the capacity of the three-cylinder petrol in the entry-level Mini One has been upped to 1.5 litres, boosting torque by 10Nm to 190Nm.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “There’s no denying the brilliance of the Mini. It is a car instantly recognised around the globe and the fact it is still built on British soil at Oxford is a major plus for UK manufacturing.”
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