The updated 2019 Mini Cooper is now slightly British-er


The new MINI Hardtop 2 Door, the new Cooper Hardtop 4 Door and the new Cooper Convertible get a modified design for the characteristic circular headlights along with the standard halogen headlights, LED headlights and the latest generation of LED modules for low and high beam.

The 3-cylinder gasoline engine offered in the Mini ONE First and Mini ONE range has had a capacity boost to 1.5 liters, which has resulted in a 10 Nm torque increase for both models. Three- and five-door Mini hatches also get a new three-spoke multifunction steering wheel plus a standard 6.5-inch touchscreen.

On the outside, there are three new metallic paint colours called Emerald Grey, Straight Blue and Solaris Orange.

More personalization is headed to the lineup via the Mini Yours Customised program, though, which lets customers design their own 3D-printed exterior side vents and dashboard trim pieces so they can give their Cooper their own signature touch (literally).

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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.

However the Mini One (which does get a new engine in the form of a detuned version of the Cooper's 1.5), won't be part of the South African line-up any more, which is sad because it was arguably the pick of the bunch.

On the diesel front, the MINI range comprises three variants with outputs ranging from 95 hp to 170 hp, and each is mated to an eight-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Expect to see the updated Mini in Canadian showrooms some time in the spring. 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. This option also adds high-gloss Piano Black surfaces in the area of the doors and center console.

Other interior updates include a revised steering wheel, plus wireless charging and Mini Connected Services with real-time traffic, Apple CarPlay and a concierge service available as options.