MINI subtly facelifts Hatch and Convertible for Detroit Auto Show

The refreshed models now feature Union Jack-style taillights

MINI has applied a subtle facelift to its core models: the 3 Door, 5 Door, and Convertible (sold in the United States as the Hardtop 2 Door, Hardtop 4 Door, and Convertible). As the photos can attest, the design changes are minor and require a magnifying glass to be detected.

The most obvious is the new rear light signature inspired by the Union Jack, as seen on the brand's recent concept cars. The LED taillights in British Flag design are accompanied by the new adaptive LED headlights with Matrix function for the high beam (optional), new MINI logo, alloy wheels, and body finishes (including a fresh Piano Black Exterior).

Inside, MINI's core models get an extended range of leather trim, interior surfaces, and Color Lines, while MINI Yours Customized now offers even more individualization options than before. There's also a new steering wheel with multifunction buttons and a radio with 6.5-inch color screen and Bluetooth connectivity as standard.

Besides the styling update, the 3 Door, 5 Door, and Convertible will offer new engine-transmission combinations, more standard features, and improved connectivity technology for convenience and infotainment.

The MINI One First and MINI One now feature a larger 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine, resulting in a 10 Nm higher peak torque — 160 and 190 Nm, respectively. Other powertrain updates include the introduction of a 7-speed Steptronic double-clutch transmission as an optional extra on the One, Cooper, Cooper S, and Cooper D models. Furthermore, the MINI Cooper SD now comes with an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission as standard.

The rest of the engine lineup remains unchanged. MINI claims the mechanical updates result in a reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 figures by as much as five percent. As for connectivity, MINI Connected adds new functions such as Real Time Traffic Information, automatic navigation map update via a mobile phone connection, personal Concierge Service, and the MINI Online vehicle internet portal.

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