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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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U Spy: BMW Testing 2019 3-Series Alongside Mini Prototype 5
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW Scoops, MINI, MINI Convertible, MINI Scoops, Scoops, U Spy on 12 5th, 2017


The G20 3-Series is one of the most eagerly anticipated cars set to debut in 2018, and a prototype was spotted by one of our readers in Slovenia just a few days ago.

It’s well covered up in camo, so we can’t make out all the details, but thanks to the light bouncing off the side of the car, we can actually see its creases really well. Unsurprisingly, the 2019 BMW 3-Series seems to take after its larger sibling, the 5-Series, and adopt a more dynamic exterior design than the current model.

What the car will look like inside is actually less of a mystery, since we have already seen a couple of prototypes with their windows cracked open. Aside from the new digital gauge display, we also noticed a new shifter design, which might be adopted by either all the range or just the iPerformance variant.

As for what we’re going to find underneath the hood of the G20 3-Series, we expect a wide range of petrol and diesel units joined by at least one electrified model.

So what about that camouflaged Mini Cabrio thas was following the Bimmer then? Unfortunately, there isn’t much we can tell you about it, though it could be hiding a few facelift-worthy upgrades, especially on the powertrain side, as its 1.5-liter petrol units are expected to get turbochargers with aluminum casings, while cooling systems should improve across the range. There are also rumors that Mini might be working on a dual-clutch transmission, but at this point all we can do is speculate.

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U Spy: BMW Testing 2019 3-Series Alongside Mini Prototype 5
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW Scoops, MINI, MINI Convertible, MINI Scoops, Scoops, U Spy on 12 5th, 2017


The G20 3-Series is one of the most eagerly anticipated cars set to debut in 2018, and a prototype was spotted by one of our readers in Slovenia just a few days ago.

It’s well covered up in camo, so we can’t make out all the details, but thanks to the light bouncing off the side of the car, we can actually see its creases really well. Unsurprisingly, the 2019 BMW 3-Series seems to take after its larger sibling, the 5-Series, and adopt a more dynamic exterior design than the current model.

What the car will look like inside is actually less of a mystery, since we have already seen a couple of prototypes with their windows cracked open. Aside from the new digital gauge display, we also noticed a new shifter design, which might be adopted by either all the range or just the iPerformance variant.

As for what we’re going to find underneath the hood of the G20 3-Series, we expect a wide range of petrol and diesel units joined by at least one electrified model.

So what about that camouflaged Mini Cabrio thas was following the Bimmer then? Unfortunately, there isn’t much we can tell you about it, though it could be hiding a few facelift-worthy upgrades, especially on the powertrain side, as its 1.5-liter petrol units are expected to get turbochargers with aluminum casings, while cooling systems should improve across the range. There are also rumors that Mini might be working on a dual-clutch transmission, but at this point all we can do is speculate.

Thanks to Rok

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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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BMW Group’s Sales Reach New Records In February 10
Mar
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 5-Series, BMW 7-Series, BMW X1, BMW X5, Electric Vehicles, MINI, MINI Convertible, MINI Countryman, PHEV, Reports on 03 10th, 2017


With three premium brands under its watch, the BMW Group has reported record sales worldwide In February totaling 169,073 units, which represents a 3.1 percent increase over last year.
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BMW Group’s Sales Reach New Records In February 10
Mar
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 5-Series, BMW 7-Series, BMW X1, BMW X5, Electric Vehicles, MINI, MINI Convertible, MINI Countryman, PHEV, Reports on 03 10th, 2017


With three premium brands under its watch, the BMW Group has reported record sales worldwide In February totaling 169,073 units, which represents a 3.1 percent increase over last year.
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Review: The Mini JCW Convertible Is Whatever Works For You 3
Feb
Posted by Zac Estrada in First Drive, Galleries, John Cooper Works, MINI, MINI Convertible, new cars, reviews on 02 3rd, 2017


Is the worst feeling having no feeling towards something at all?
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Best-Ever July For BMW Group In Worldwide Sales 10
Aug
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 2-Series, BMW X1, BMW X3, BMW X4, MINI, MINI Clubman, MINI Convertible, Reports on 08 10th, 2016


Following a record first half-year, the BMW Group are off to a solid start in the third quarter, after posting their best-ever sales in July – 180,000 vehicles, up 4.0 percent.
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AC Schnitzer Gives The MINIs More Power, Sportier Handling, Fruitier Sound 24
Jul
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in AC Schnitzer, MINI, MINI Convertible, tuning on 07 24th, 2016


Last time we’ve seen this color combo on an AC Schnitzer product it had a modified version of the M3 and M4’s S55 421PS (425hp) 3.0L turbo six producing 570PS (562hp) dumped under its bonnet.
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How Would You Spec Your MINI Convertible? 24
Jun
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Configurator, John Cooper Works, MINI, MINI Convertible, new cars, prices on 06 24th, 2016


Available in three base grades, Cooper, Cooper S and JCW, the new MINI Convertible celebrates summer with its open top view of the sky.
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Check Out MINI’s New JCW Convertible In 92 Fresh Images 2
May
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Galleries, John Cooper Works, MINI, MINI Convertible, new cars, prices on 05 2nd, 2016


MINI is celebrating the launch of the 2017 Convertible JCW by dropping a boatload of new pictures.
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