While we have one eye on the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, some automakers are also revealing their highlights for the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Namely we have the refreshed small car segment Mini 3 and 5 door, along with the Convertible, with the British premium automobile manufacturer aiming for increased appeal following this mid life-cycle update. As is customary now with the BMW group as well, the upgrades are just for the biggest fans that know every single detail by hard – even we need sometimes the charts conveniently provided by BMW to highlight visually the new features. On this occasion we agree with this take – after all, the classic Mini model is one of the most iconic vehicles of all time.
The update does bring one neat feature – as previewed before by the John Cooper Works GP concept – the new taillight design includes the Union Jack as a reference to the British provenance. The Minis – all changes apply to the 3 and 5 door as well as the roadster – also get the new Mini logo, new LED headlights with Matrix function for the high beam, new body finishes, as well as a Piano Black exterior and of course, new light alloy wheels. The cabin meanwhile features even more leather trim, a new range of interior surfaces and Colour Lines. There’s also the possibility to fully personalize your Mini with the “MINI Yours Customised”.
In terms of technologies, of note are the addition of optional touchscreen commands for the radio and navigation systems, wireless charging for the smartphone, while the MINI Connected and MINI Connected XL arrive with new functionalities. In terms of powertrains, Mini reports on enhanced efficiency, along with increased capacity and torque for MINI One and MINI One First (three cylinder 1.5-liter, 160 and 190 Nm, respectively), while transmission options now include the 7-speed Steptronic double clutch, along with the 8-speed Steptronic.