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The updated 2019 Mini Cooper is now slightly British-er

12 January 2018

Due to launch in the United Kingdom on March 17, Mini's core models now come with front and rear LED lights as standard and optional matrix LED high beams. Mini claims faster gearshifts than the outgoing six-speed automatic, as well as modestly improved fuel efficiency.

The MINI 3-Door Hatch comes with a choice of five engines (four petrol, one diesel) including the new 1.5 litre petrol, the MINI 5-door gets a choice of four engines (three petrol, one diesel) and the MINI Convertible comes only with three petrol options.

Using the new Mini Yours Customised service, buyers can create bespoke designs for 3D printed trim, illuminated door sills and LED projectors.

Beyond that, the Mini trio sport a redesign of their trademark ovoid headlights that includes an LED option with a turn signal surround (halogen headlamps continue to be standard), as well as three new exterior colors (including piano black) and new 17-inch wheel designs that include two-tone variants.

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. In addition, the new option Mini Yours Interior Style Piano Black with illumination includes a backlit decorative panel on the passenger side of the dashboard, likewise finished in Piano Black as well as bearing a stylized Union Jack motif.

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Similarly, the range of metallic paint colours has expanded to include "Emerald Grey", "Starlight Blue" and "Solaris Orange". For the first time Mini is offering Find Mate for its 2018 range, which consists of wireless tracking tags that can be placed on items that you carry in the auto regularly, so you can find them if they are misplaced or lost.

Mini says revisions to its engines have made them lighter and more economical.

Anyway, lighter wheels and a new barebones "Mini" logo round out the exterior adjustments made for 2019.

The Navigation Plus Package adds satnav, Apple CarPlay, wireless charging and a larger 8.8in touchscreen display.

The 2018 MINI range will be in MINI's United Kingdom showrooms in March.

The updated 2019 Mini Cooper is now slightly British-er