Mini trots out new 3-door, 5-door, and convertible

Revamped Mini range launches with bolstered tech and new DCT gearbox

One of the key technological updates include new LED headlights that offer a brighter light in both low and high beam, and are available as an optional extra over the standard-fit halogen units. The engine range has been improved for better efficiency.

Mini's Cooper is getting a refresh for the 2019 model year, a mild facelift that sees new taillights, headlights and options added to the two- and four-door hardtops and the convertible.

The updated Minis also expand the list of custom features available in the company's Mini Yours Customized inventory, conceived to help owners lend individuality to their cars.

Changes are the same, including new headights with adaptive LED, redesigned stoplights embedded with the Union Jack motif, new rims and exterior colors, as well as a ton of customization options. First off, there's the new Mini logo. There are also new exterior colors, like Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metallic. 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. At the base is a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder petrol that produces 102hp in the Mini One, and the most efficient is a diesel of the same capacity that enables a claimed 26.3kpl in the Cooper D auto. 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.

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Infotainment options remain the same as in the hardtop version of the Mini, with a standard 6.5-inch color display on the center console, and an optional 8.8-inch screen with Global Positioning System navigation.

Not far behind is an updated Mini logo, which appears on the bonnet, tailgate, steering wheel, central instrument display, remote control and optional driver's side puddle lighting all models.

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.

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