Lots of love for the hatch and the Convertible.
MINI has updated their local offering of cars, and they’re telling everyone that despite the price hike (to be fair, it’s rather small), there’s more value to be gleaned altogether. If you’re cynical, you could chalk it up to typical salesperson speak, but actually, the modest increases in prices are justified by the more generous kit list.
For starters, all models now get the MINI Connected 4G infotainment kit, as well as Apple CarPlay, even if the latter is only for three years. This will likely prove to be very popular with the younger buyers that the Mini brand attracts, though Gen Y-ers with Android phones will be left out in the cold. Further, all but the entry level cars get new LED headlights and taillights, though base Cooper models can be optioned up to them.
What most certainly isn’t naff are the engines under the bonnet. 3-door Cooper hatch models ($29,900, up $1990) get motivation from a 1.5-litre turbo-triple petrol, making 100kW and 220Nm. This zingy little engine puts power to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The Cooper S 3-door ($39,700, up $200) gets the same 2.0-litre turbo 4-pot petrol as before, with a healthy output of 141kW and 280Nm. Still front wheel drive here, though there’s a new 7-speed dual-clutch automatic available, or a six-speed manual should you so want one.
Wrapping up the 3-doors is the John Cooper Works model, with its 170kW/320Nm 2.0-litre 4-pot, though its front-paw drivetrain uses a familiar 8-speed automatic. That's now $49,900, up $1000.
The 5-door range starts with the Cooper ($31,150, up $1900) before rising to the Cooper S ($41,150, up $200). And as for the drop-top models, the Mini Convertible comes in at $40,990 (up $1390), before rising to the Cooper S ($47,900, up $400) and capping off at the John Cooper Works convertible ($57,990, up $1000).
The Mini range will continue to be available with a variety of colours, with the 2018 update adding 5 more to the palate in the form of Solaris Orange, Starlight Blue, Melting Silver, Chilli Red, and Emerald Grey. But if those colours don’t make your car stand out enough, you can have your way with the Mini Yours customisation options that allow you to tweak dash trim patterns, door-sill or puddle-light designs, with all requests fulfilled by a dutiful 3D printer.