Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

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

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

Mini has further developed the engines used in the range for more efficiency and torque.

New trim and color options are extended to the interior, with the addition of a Malt Brown Chester leather trim as well as Mini Yours Customized personalized trim pieces and illumination that can be specified for the interior and exterior.

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.

A Piano Black exterior pack replaces chrome finish on the headlights, tail lights and radiator grille with gloss black items.

Headlines? Along with some new paint colours like "Solaris Orange" and "Starlight Blue" (both pictured) and some fresh alloy wheel designs, all United Kingdom cars come with LED headlights as standard with the option to step up to dazzle-free Matrix LED ones.

With the new Mini Connected functions, a diverse range of services and function become available including: Advanced Real Time Traffic Information with 4G LTE connectivity, support for Apple CarPlay, Connected Services, and intelligent emergency call. For the first time Mini is offering Find Mate for its 2018 range, which consists of wireless tracking tags that can be placed on items that you carry in the vehicle regularly, so you can find them if they are misplaced or lost.

There's also a new three-spoke steering wheel design, while the 6.5-inch touchscreen is now standard-fit.

There's also a new dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission available on the Mini One, Cooper, Cooper S and Cooper D, which offers improved shift times and quicker acceleration. The line-up culminates in the 2.0-litre petrol engine of the Mini John Cooper Works, which makes 231hp. The engine covers are now made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) recycled from the production of BMW's i automobiles to help save weight.

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.

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