Mini hatch and convertible get refresh for 2018

The Mini has been given a facelift for 2018. Due in March, the updates apply to the three-door hatch, the five-door hatch and the convertible and introduces exterior tweaks, improved tech and changes to the engine line-up.

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

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Part of the Mini’s enduring appeal is its shape, which has been carried straight over from the old model. There are some design changes though, namely the lights which are now LED units front and back.

Daytime running light and indicator patterns have been updated, but it’s the taillights that really set the new model off courtesy of a very patriotic Union Jack flag design. Good idea? It could be considered a controversial move by some, but it’s set to be a standard feature on UK models.

Controversial? Some might think so, but these Union flag taillights are standard on UK cars.

Two 17in alloy wheels designs, three new colours and a refreshed logo design feature too, but aside from that the iconic look of the Mini goes unaltered.

Inside, all models feature a 6.5in touchscreen infotainment system and an updated steering wheel features improved multifunction controls.

Interior updates include infotainment changes, a new steering wheel and extra trim options.

The Navigation Plus Package adds satnav, Apple CarPlay, wireless charging and a larger 8.8in touchscreen display. If the rear lights weren’t British enough for you, the dashboard is now available in a wider range of finishes than before, one of which bears a Union Jack.

Both styling packs – Chili and Pepper – include more standard options than before. Pepper now includes 15in alloys, rain-sensing wipers automatic air conditioning and rear-park distance control. Chili-specced Minis feature 17in alloys, a sport steering wheel and a sport button.

2018 mini side shot static

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.

Bar some economy-related tweaks, the other petrol and diesel offerings go unchanged in terms of power. A seven-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch is optionally available for the models MINI One, MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper D.

Lease prices are to be announced, but the new Mini will be available from mid March.

Lease prices are will be available soon, but if you can’t wait for the updated Mini’s launch in March, you can check out thousands of personal lease deals on the current model by clicking here.

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