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MINI hatchback, convertible facelift debuts in Detroit - revised engines, transmission options

12 January 2018, 09:39 | Brandon Parsons

A mini makeover: facelifted Mini hatch and convertible here for 2018

Revamped Mini range launches with bolstered tech and new DCT gearbox

Mini whipped the covers off its facelifted three-door, five-door and convertible ranges this week, with all three models picking up revised lighting systems, refined engines and new automatic transmissions. Indicators are horizontal, while the brake lights are vertical.

The only real change up front is to the headlights, which now see the LED ring around them illuminate in a full circle; and flash amber to work as a turn signal.

Wireless charging for mobile phones is also available as an option, located within the centre armrest storage compartment. It uses Matrix LED technology for the high beam, which has an anti-dazzle function for other road users.

Thanks to significant powertrain revisions that included a weight reduction, fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions have been reduced by up to five per cent.

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.

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. A sports version of this with paddle shifters is offered on the Cooper S.

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The original also gets three new paint color options: Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metallic. The new logo is also available as a puddle light, projected below the driver's side mirror.

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

The new three-spoke steering wheel now comes with multi-function buttons to control the standard audio system with a 6.5-inch color screen and features Bluetooth media streaming, navigation and Mini's Connected (similar to BMW Connected) range of digital services.

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

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.

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