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Mini range updated with new tech and DCT gearbox

Mini range updated with new tech and DCT gearbox

Due to launch in the United Kingdom on March 17, Mini's core models now come with front and rear LED lights as standard and optional matrix LED high beams.

All engines, from the 1.5- to the 2.0-liter, boast further developments in efficiency and refinement. All new Mini models still come standard with a precise six-speed manual gearbox, but now the 3-Door Hatch, 5-Door Hatch and Convertible models will all be available with the new transmission. All of the new models can also be customized via the new Mini Yours Customised program we talked about before.

Starting from its exterior, there are new LED headlights to go with LED tail lights incorporating the Union Jack design, while a revised, flat MINI logo now graces the updated model. There are now three new exterior colours - Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic and Solaris Orange metallic added to its palette. 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.

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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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. The cars all get new light alloy wheels and an expanded range of leather trim, interior surfaces, and color lines.

Inside the infotainment system is now accessed via either a new 6.5-inch or 8.7-inch display.

Prices for the updated Mini range will be revealed closer to delivery around March, with a slight increase expected.

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. MINI has also integrated a storage compartment in the centre armrest console for wireless charging of phones.


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