Mini Upgrades the Mite that Started It All for 2018

  • Mini Upgrades the Mite that Started It All for 2018

Mini Upgrades the Mite that Started It All for 2018

All engines, from the 1.5- to the 2.0-liter, boast further developments in efficiency and refinement.

Compared to the usual 3-door hardtop Mini, the new Convertible is basically the same, the biggest difference being the electrically foldable fabric roof, of course, which takes 18 seconds to retract and let the wind in your hair.

The the new year, Mini gave its original two-door and four-door model as well as the convertible a freshening.

Perhaps the most noticeable update will be the new LED tail lamps with the Union Jack design, which were created as a supplement to the new LED headlights.

Further exterior changes include three new color choices and the option of three 17-inch wheel styles. In terms of rolling stock, the optional range of wheels grows to include two-tone roulette spoke and two-tone propeller spoke items which are now available across all MINI bodystyles.

Inside, there's a new leather seat upholstery and a piano black package for the doors, centre console and instrument panel.

The entry-level Ray's 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine has been replaced by a 1.5-litre unit that produces the same 75kW power output, while torque is up 10Nm to 190Nm.

MINI is giving its range - hatchback, five-door and convertible - a bit of a makeover for 2018 including, for the first time, the arrival of a dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

Mini's recently-revealed new 'stripped down' logo also makes its production-debut, used extensively across both the interior and exterior.

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. In addition, customers can specify a new 8.8-inch touchscreen navigation system with new user interface and greatly expanded features.

Under the skin, the arrival of a new seven-speed DCT gearbox promises faster gear changes and a slight improvement in economy, which can be specced on MINI One, MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper D. Support for Apple CarPlay is there, but not Android Auto.