2018 Mini Cooper
- 4th April 2018 by SGDriver
The most quirky and noticeable feature of the tweaked Mini models is their tail-light design which now features a Union Jack-style look in LED form. Indicators are horizontal, while the brake lights are vertical. This motif was previewed by the John Cooper Works GP Concept at last year’s Frankfurt motor show.
The front end gains restyled headlights, with the halogen units accented by a black panel, while their optional bi-LED counterparts feature LED daytime running lights and indicators that are now completely circular.
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The entry-level Ray’s 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine has been replaced by a 1.5-litre unit that produces the same 75kW power output, while torque is up 10Nm to 190Nm.
Power outputs for the Cooper, Cooper D, and Cooper S remain unchanged at 100kW, 85kW and 141kW respectively. Torque outputs for these variants have not been disclosed yet.
While a six-speed manual gearbox continues to be standard fair, a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission replaces the old six-speed torque-convertor unit as the automatic option for the Ray, Cooper, Cooper D and Cooper S variants. A sports version of this with paddle shifters is offered on the Cooper S.
Alternatively, the 125kW Cooper SD – which is currently not sold Down Under in these body styles – upgrades to an eight-speed torque-convertor automatic transmission. Both automatics are represented by an all-new gear selector.
Inside, the three-spoke steering wheel has been redesigned with expanded multifunction controls, while a 6.5-inch multimedia system is standard, with a touchscreen version available alongside the optional satellite navigation. Wireless smartphone charging also makes its debut on the options list.
Thanks to their suite of ‘Mini Connected’ services, the new models can access real-time traffic information and automatically update map data over a mobile data connection.
Smartphone connectivity is also enhanced via the Mini Connected App and option Apple CarPlay support.
As standard all new MINIs comes with a six-speed manual gearbox but each model will also be available with a 7-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch.
It’s a very good car, just one for which the upgrades consist more of style than of substance.