MINI gets more tech and new DCT option

MINI gets more tech and new DCT option

On that note, the facelifted Mini three-door, five-door and convertible models are expected to arrive on local shores during the second quarter of this year, around which time prices and local specifications will be divulged. As the photos can attest, the design changes are minor and require a magnifying glass to be detected.

The most noticeable visual difference, though, is the set of Union Jack rear lights bespoke to the United Kingdom - sure to please unionists and patriots across Blighty no end. These styling updates include new LED taillights featuring the Union Jack pattern.

Inside, MINI's core models get an extended range of leather trim, interior surfaces, and Color Lines, while MINI Yours Customized now offers even more individualization options than before.

Elsewhere, customers can choose from three new exterior colours, plus some fresh alloy wheel designs.

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.

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MINI gets more tech and new DCT option

But one of the biggest upgrades to the Mini for 2018 is the introduction of a new seven-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch and electronic shift selector.

MINI claims the mechanical updates result in a reduction of fuel consumption and Carbon dioxide figures by as much as five percent.

Namely we have the refreshed small vehicle 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.

Other interior updates include a revised steering wheel, plus wireless charging and Mini Connected Services with real-time traffic, Apple CarPlay and a concierge service available as options.

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