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2019 MINI Hatch And Convertible Get A Facelift For Detroit 10
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, Galleries, MINI, MINI Convertible, MINI Hatch on 01 10th, 2018


MINI has taken the wraps off the facelifted three- and five-door hatchbacks as well as the convertible.

On the styling front, the models gain restyled headlights, updated alloy wheels, and two-dimensional MINI logos. Buyers will also find Union Jack-inspired taillights and a revised color palette that now includes Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metallic. There’s also a new Piano Black Exterior package that replaces the car’s chrome trim with high-gloss black accents.

Moving into the cabin, drivers will find a new three-spoke steering wheel and an upgraded entry-level audio system with a 6.5-inch color display. The cars also gain several new options including Malt Brown Chesterfield leather upholstery, an 8.8-inch touchscreen navigation system, and a wireless smartphone charger. The MINI Yours Interior Style Piano Black package has also been updated to include illuminated trim strips.

Speaking of updates, the MINI Connected system gains several new features including real time traffic information, a personal concierge service, and access to the MINI Online portal which provides drivers with news, weather information, and local fuel prices.

While the styling changes are relatively minor, MINI says engineers made changes to the “TwinPower Turbo Technology, engine electronics, oil supply, intake air ducting, the cooling system, and the exhaust systems.” The company also decided to make the engine covers out of carbon fiber reinforced plastic to reduce weight.

In Europe, the hatchbacks will be offered with seven engines which have outputs ranging from 75 PS (55 kW) to 192 PS (141 kW) in the Cooper S. The MINI Convertible offers six engines and the base unit is rated at 102 PS (75 kW). Depending on which engine is selected, it can be paired to a six-speed manual transmission, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, or an eight-speed automatic.

The updated MINI lineup with debut at the North American International Auto Show and in the United States they will be sold as 2019 models.

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2019 MINI Hatch And Convertible Get A Facelift For Detroit 10
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, Galleries, MINI, MINI Convertible, MINI Hatch on 01 10th, 2018


MINI has taken the wraps off the facelifted three- and five-door hatchbacks as well as the convertible.

On the styling front, the models gain restyled headlights, updated alloy wheels, and two-dimensional MINI logos. Buyers will also find Union Jack-inspired taillights and a revised color palette that now includes Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metallic. There’s also a new Piano Black Exterior package that replaces the car’s chrome trim with high-gloss black accents.

Moving into the cabin, drivers will find a new three-spoke steering wheel and an upgraded entry-level audio system with a 6.5-inch color display. The cars also gain several new options including Malt Brown Chesterfield leather upholstery, an 8.8-inch touchscreen navigation system, and a wireless smartphone charger. The MINI Yours Interior Style Piano Black package has also been updated to include illuminated trim strips.

Speaking of updates, the MINI Connected system gains several new features including real time traffic information, a personal concierge service, and access to the MINI Online portal which provides drivers with news, weather information, and local fuel prices.

While the styling changes are relatively minor, MINI says engineers made changes to the “TwinPower Turbo Technology, engine electronics, oil supply, intake air ducting, the cooling system, and the exhaust systems.” The company also decided to make the engine covers out of carbon fiber reinforced plastic to reduce weight.

In Europe, the hatchbacks will be offered with seven engines which have outputs ranging from 75 PS (55 kW) to 192 PS (141 kW) in the Cooper S. The MINI Convertible offers six engines and the base unit is rated at 102 PS (75 kW). Depending on which engine is selected, it can be paired to a six-speed manual transmission, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, or an eight-speed automatic.

The updated MINI lineup with debut at the North American International Auto Show and in the United States they will be sold as 2019 models.

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MINI Tipped To Reveal Updated Hatchbacks, Convertible In Detroit 8
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Detroit-Auto-Show, MINI, MINI Convertible, MINI Hatch, Reports on 01 8th, 2018


It may not seem that long ago that Mini rolled out the current core of its range (pictured). But it’s been four years now, which means it’s about time for a refresh. And that’s just what the British marque has in store for this year’s Detroit Auto Show.

Autonews reports that BMW’s little retro brand will showcase updated versions of the three- and five-door Hardtop hatchbacks along with a similarly revised version of the convertible next week at the Cobo Center in the heart of the Michigan metropolis.

We aren’t expecting much cosmetic deviation from the brand’s signature retro style, however changes to the engines are anticipated to deliver better fuel economy. The new dual-clutch transmission may not make it to North America, but don’t be surprised to see some interior enhancements in store.

More than that, we couldn’t tell you at this point. But with the 2018 North American International Auto Show now just a week away, it won’t be long before we have all the details – so watch this space.

Note: Current-gen MINI pictured

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MINI Lineup Gains A New 7-Speed Double-Clutch Transmission 20
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in MINI, MINI Convertible, MINI Hatch on 12 20th, 2017


MINI has announced the three- and five-door hatchbacks as well as the convertible will be offered with a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Designed to offer “impressive shift dynamics for enhanced driving fun,” the gearbox combines two partial transmissions into a single housing.

As MINI explains, the “core element of the system consists of two oil-cooled wet clutches: one of these is responsible for the even transmission ratios (2, 4, 6) while the other is for the uneven ratios (1, 3, 5, 7) and reverse.” One of the clutches is always open and ready to respond within just a fraction of a second.

Thanks to this design, the gearbox is always ready to shift and this promises to make the car faster and smoother. The transmission has also been designed with efficiency in mind so it supports the engine start/stop system as well as the coasting function. The gearbox can also access GPS data on properly equipped vehicles.

As part of the switch, models equipped with the new transmission will be outfitted with a small electronic shifter that will always return to its original position after selecting between drive, neutral, and reverse. The shifter also has a park button and a Sport mode which can be easily selected.

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MINI Cars Getting New Simplified Logo In 2018 13
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Electric Vehicles, MINI, MINI Clubman, MINI Concepts, MINI Convertible, MINI Countryman, MINI Coupe/Roadster, MINI Hatch, MINI Paceman, MINI Videos, Reports, video on 12 13th, 2017


The BMW Group’s MINI brand has revealed a new logo, one which it says, combines “an awareness of traditional values” with “the spirit of future-oriented development”. The new MINI logo will be visible on the firm’s entire lineup from March 2018 onward.

The automaker hasn’t dramatically changed the design, as they took the current logo and simplified it, in a 2D version, with their name written in uppercase letters in the middle of a circle, flanked by restyled wings.

This combination dates back to the early years of the classic Mini, and combines brand’s traditional values with the modern era, which began in November 2000 under the BMW Group’s ownership, when the MINI as we have come to know it celebrated its public premiere.

Although the automaker doesn’t say it, there’s a very good chance that the minimalist logo marks a new beginning for the company, one where ‘electrification’ is the key word, and product expansion their main strategy.

As big of a deal as it may be for MINI, this isn’t the first time that they have shown their new logo, as it was actually revealed back in mid-2015, so it has taken them, in total, almost three years to finally apply it to their cars.

Note: MINI Electric Concept pictured

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Can MINI’s JCW Lure You Away From Honda’s New Civic Type R? 15
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in honda, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Videos, John Cooper Works, MINI, MINI Hatch, MINI Videos, reviews, video on 11 15th, 2017


The new-generation Honda Civic Type R has been already tested against its direct rivals, but how does it stand against the smaller MINI John Cooper Works?

The unusual comparison was compiled by the folks over at Driving, who were curious to see if the potent supermini, which happens to be a fraction more expensive than the Civic with the extras fitted on the test car, has what it takes to lure enthusiasts away from the Japanese hot hatch.

To find out, they didn’t take the two to a track or a drag strip, because the Honda Civic Type R would hold the higher ground, so instead they settled for driving them both on public roads. Needless to say, the sheer power of the Civic with its 316hp 2.0-liter turbo four conquered both reviewers, but they weren’t fans of that flashy exterior.

On the other end, though, they found that the MINI JCW with its 228hp 2.0-liter turbo to be a great little car, with a richer interior and a noisier exhaust compared to its larger contender, which drives good, is very responsive, and has a smooth automatic gearbox.

But was this enough to make them favor the supermini instead of the compact hot hatch? Find out what their verdict was in the video that follows.

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Can MINI’s JCW Lure You Away From Honda’s New Civic Type R? 15
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in honda, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Videos, John Cooper Works, MINI, MINI Hatch, MINI Videos, reviews, video on 11 15th, 2017


The new-generation Honda Civic Type R has been already tested against its direct rivals, but how does it stand against the smaller MINI John Cooper Works?

The unusual comparison was compiled by the folks over at Driving, who were curious to see if the potent supermini, which happens to be a fraction more expensive than the Civic with the extras fitted on the test car, has what it takes to lure enthusiasts away from the Japanese hot hatch.

To find out, they didn’t take the two to a track or a drag strip, because the Honda Civic Type R would hold the higher ground, so instead they settled for driving them both on public roads. Needless to say, the sheer power of the Civic with its 316hp 2.0-liter turbo four conquered both reviewers, but they weren’t fans of that flashy exterior.

On the other end, though, they found that the MINI JCW with its 228hp 2.0-liter turbo to be a great little car, with a richer interior and a noisier exhaust compared to its larger contender, which drives good, is very responsive, and has a smooth automatic gearbox.

But was this enough to make them favor the supermini instead of the compact hot hatch? Find out what their verdict was in the video that follows.

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2018 Mini Cooper S Facelift To Bring Important Updates Under The Bonnet 13
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in MINI, MINI Hatch, MINI Scoops, Scoops on 11 13th, 2017


Mini isn’t known for its brave facelifts and the same applies for the upcoming 2018 Hatchback; however the updated version will bring important changes under the bonnet.

It’s fairly obvious that the 2018 Mini five-door hatchback will change as little as possible in terms of its exterior. The miniscule amount of camo tape the company has applied to the prototype tells pretty much all the story. An updated motif for the lights all around is the biggest change you should expect, on the outside at least.

The Union Jack lighting signature of the rear lights, first seen on the JCW GP concept, looks like its heading to normal production, and that’s the visual highlight of the new model.

Under the skin however, Mini is busy updating its powertrains for better fuel efficiency and performance. The turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine found in the Cooper S for example is expected to have the exhaust manifold and turbocharger housed together in the cylinder head rather than being separate.

Cooper models fitted with the three-cylinder 1.5-liter petrol unit will get turbos with aluminum casing while Mini will improve the cooling system across the range for lower CO2 ratings. Every variant is also expected to get a slight bump in its horsepower figure.

There’s also an unconfirmed rumor that talks about Mini working on its first dual-clutch transmissions, but that remains to be seen at the moment. Other revisions include the usual 2 or 3 new colors to the available palette as well as a few new wheel designs.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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Mini Rides The Gulf Stream To SEMA With Ice Blue Edition, JCW Kit 31
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in John Cooper Works, MINI, MINI Hatch, SEMA show on 10 31st, 2017


Mini might not be the first marque that comes to mind when you think of SEMA. But the British automaker prides itself on its extensive range of customization options, and it's displaying some of those at the Las Vegas expo this year.
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Mini Blackfriars Edition Brings The Spirit Of London To France 11
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in France, MINI, MINI Hatch, new cars on 10 11th, 2017


Mini is offering a new special edition model named after a district in London. Unfortunately, it's only available in France.
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Updated Mini JCW Coming With New Hardware, More Power 18
Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in John Cooper Works, MINI, MINI Hatch, MINI Scoops, Scoops on 09 18th, 2017


Mini may have wowed the crowds with its crazy-looking JCW GP concept but the more regular models are also getting ready to excite them with their planned facelift.
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Mulgari Automotive Debuts Bespoke Mini Cooper S With 280HP [80 Pics] 19
Jun
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Galleries, MINI, MINI Hatch, new cars, tuning on 06 19th, 2017


UK-based tuning specialist Mulgari Automotive announced their new bespoke vehicle ownership programme called Signature Vehicles which aims to offer new models tailored and built to the customer’s personal specification.
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2017 MINI Range Adds New Cockpit Features 17
May
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in MINI, MINI Clubman, MINI Convertible, MINI Countryman, MINI Hatch, new cars, Reports on 05 17th, 2017


MINI has enhanced its entire family of cars with new equipment, for the 2017 model year.
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MINI Getting Ready To Hatch A 2018 Facelift 10
May
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in MINI, MINI Coupe/Roadster, MINI Hatch, MINI Scoops, Scoops on 05 10th, 2017


Mini is currently testing out updates for their Mini Cooper range, as these hatchback and convertible models show in a completely undramatic fashion.
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BMWs, Minis & Rolls-Royces Ensnared In Airbag Recall 16
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW 4-Series, BMW 5-Series, BMW 6-Series, BMW i3, BMW i8, BMW M4, BMW M5, BMW M6, BMW X1, BMW X5, MINI, MINI Clubman, MINI Hatch, Recalls, Rolls Royce Dawn, Rolls-Royce on 01 16th, 2017


BMW has issued a pair of recalls in the United States – neither of which is particularly large in the number of units affected, but the array of models they cover is staggering.

The larger of two stems from a problem with the seat-mounted side airbags, which may not deploy in the event of a crash. The campaign covers only 3,506 units from the 4 Series, 5 Series, and 6 Series – including the M4, M5, and M6 – as well as the X1, i3, and i8.

Included among them are various powertrain variants and bodystyles, all of them from the 2016 and 2017 model years. As if that’s not enough, the recall extends to other products made under the BMW Group umbrella, including the Mini Cooper, Cooper S, and Clubman, as well as the Rolls-Royce Dawn.

Only 1 percent of those models mentioned are estimated to have the faulty airbag inflators. For instance, while 1,531 examples of the X1 crossover are affected, only one four examples of the i8 are being recalled, along with 28 Dawns, and one single 535d sedan.

Along with the airbag recall, BMW has issued another for eight examples of the X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid crossover. The problem here stems from a loose electric ground cable, which could cause the transmission to shift unexpectedly to neutral.

Fixing the former problem will necessitate replacing the airbag modules, while the latter will require simply tightening the ground cable. Both recalls are slated to get underway February 6.







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