Mini Upgrades the Mite that Started It All for 2018

Changes apply to the three and five-door hatch models and the convertible

All MINIs will now come as standard with LED headlights and taillights, and the tail lights come with a new "Union Jack" graphic (just in case we forget MINI's roots are British) and there's also optional Adaptive headlights with Matrix beam.

The existing engines go largely unchanged, but the entry-level 1.2-litre petrol engine has been dropped in favour of a less potent version of the 1.5-litre turbo petrol that's already used on higher trim levels. The Mini 3 Door, 5 door, and convertible are all new.

An all-new, two-dimensional "Mini" logo has been rolled out for the first time, appearing on the bonnet, tailgate, steering wheel, multimedia system and remote control in all models.

The original also gets three new paint color options: Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metallic.

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These new Minis go on sale in late March to early April.

To cement its position as a fashion icon as much as an automotive one Mini is treating its most popular three-door, five-door, and convertible models to a minor makeover.

Using the new Mini Yours Customised service, buyers can create bespoke designs for 3D printed trim, illuminated door sills and LED projectors. A total of four petrol engines and three diesels make up the powertrain line-up for the MINI hatchback range, while the convertible gets three petrols and three diesels, omitting the base 75 hp petrol unit for the soft-top. The engine covers are now made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) recycled from the production of BMW's i automobiles to help save weight. As standard, a 6.5-inch touchscreen includes Bluetooth phone integration while Radio MINI Visual Boost and a navigation system are optionally available.

Another optional extra is the connected functions feature which incorporates real time traffic information, auto map updates via a phone connection, personal concierge service, and an internet online portal with news, weather and fuel price overview. This option includes a second USB socket located in the front section of the centre console. Wireless charging is making its way into many new cars nowadays, and the Mini adds it as an option for 2019 as well.

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