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Mini Hatch, Convertible 2018 revealed ahead of mid-year launch

12 January 2018, 09:40 | Jodi Jackson

2018 Mini range

2018 Mini range

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.

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.

Brace yourselves, Mini fans: The Cooper Hardtop and Convertible are coming to the 2018 Detroit auto show with a slew of updates for the 2019 model year, and they're more German British than ever before.

Otherwise, a trio of new paint options - Emerald Gray, Starlight Blue and Solaris Orange - and some updated alloy rims round out the changes to the 2019 Mini Cooper. All models are optionally available with the new seven-speed gearbox featuring steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, while a six-speed manual is standard.

2018 Mini convertible
2018 Mini convertible

Beyond that, the Mini trio sport a redesign of their trademark ovoid headlights that includes an LED option with a turn signal surround (halogen headlamps continue to be standard), as well as three new exterior colors (including piano black) and new 17-inch wheel designs that include two-tone variants.

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.

There's also a wireless charging feature for your cell phone and for the first time ever, a MINI logo projection feature projects the new MINI logo onto the ground in front of the driver's side door for 20 seconds, or permanently if the door is left open. The line-up culminates in the 2.0-litre petrol engine of the Mini John Cooper Works, which makes 231hp. In addition, customers can specify a new 8.8-inch touchscreen navigation system with new user interface and greatly expanded features. This option also adds high-gloss Piano Black surfaces in the area of the doors and center console. And you'd be right because although Mini chose to launch this vehicle right before winter shows its teeth, it will go on sale in the USA in March 2016, so right at the beginning of cabriolet season.

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