Mini Cooper Gets Cosmetic and Tech Upgrades That Add Personality


With the latest range of upgrades, though, Mini has upped the patriotism factor even further - while bringing the hatchback, five-door and convertible models up-to-date with the latest tech. Indicators are horizontal, while the brake lights are vertical. The front headlights have also been slightly reworked. This motif was previewed by the John Cooper Works GP Concept at last year's Frankfurt motor show.

Thanks to LED Matrix technology for the headlamps, an automatic selective dip function is also available.

The entry-level Ray's 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine has been replaced by a 1.5-litre unit that produces the same 75kW power output, while torque is up 10Nm to 190Nm. Torque outputs for these variants have not been disclosed yet.

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.

Alternatively, the 125kW Cooper SD - which is now not sold Down Under in these body styles - upgrades to an eight-speed torque-convertor automatic transmission.

Inside, there's a new leather seat upholstery and a piano black package for the doors, centre console and instrument panel. The 2019 models also ride on new 17-inch alloy wheels. Mini has also added three new colours - Emerald Grey, Starlight Blue and Solaris Orange - to the car's exterior paint palette.

Inside, the three-spoke steering wheel has been redesigned with expanded multifunction controls.

On the features list is a new 6.5-inch display is included as standard, and features an updated and optimized user interface, Bluetooth mobile phone integration, and support for Bluetooth audio streaming.

In the United States, engine choices are limited to two petrol models, the Cooper and the Cooper S. The first one comes with a 3-cylinder 1.5-liter unit delivering 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels while the latter features a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine that pushes out 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque.

Optional wireless charging and an extra USB port make the vehicle more phone-friendly.