Mini is still British

Munich, 10. January 2018

You like to keep the current Mini three-door model, as well as his colleagues, with five doors respectively, the convertible roof in the Design for a little plump. However, you can not see the appearance, this is the "basic Mini" for almost four years on the market. Exactly the right time for a little refresher cosmetic, which is likely to be particularly welcomed by friends of the British way of life.

Rule Britannia!

The good or bad news, depending on your point of view: Serious Changes in the appearance and the motors. New a black bezel is available in the standard Halogen. The trick there is in connection with LED or LED-Matrix headlamps. They not only provide a complete light ring included LED turn signals, but get an eye-catching to the rear is screwed. There, the lights get a new Design in the style of the British flag, the Union Jack, as it presented a variety of Mini-studies. The turn signals are horizontal, the brake lights are aligned vertically, the tail light is the diagonal line.

Black instead of chrome

It continues in terms of Details in the simplified Mini-Logo, and a new variant for the exterior design: "Piano Black exterior" is the name of the package, with the chrome shiny Black is replaced. In addition, a customer can choose from new paint finishes and alloy wheels. Inside, there is, of course, only against surcharge, a back-lit decor, bar on the passenger side. In combination with ambient light, a Union Jack motif shines in from the driver's chosen color.

New Dual-Clutch

The new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission we wrote already, in the Test, this technique made a good impression. It replaces the previous six-speed automatic in One, Cooper, Cooper S and Cooper D. The Mini Cooper SD gets in the future, as standard, an eight-speed automatic. The performance of the engines remains the same, it aggregates ranges from 75 to 192 HP for the petrol engines and 95 to 170 HP in the Diesel.

More displacement at the base

However, the drives were revised in favor of a slight reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 values. The three-cylinder petrol engine from the Mini One First and One get more displacement, namely 1.5 instead of 1.2 liters. Thus, the maximum torque increases by ten Newton meters to 160, respectively, 190 Newton meters. In all gasoline engines, the injection system operates with a 350 instead of 200 bar maximum pressure. In the Cooper SD, the most powerful Diesel Mini, a two-stage turbocharging.

Fully networked

With regard to the pricing Mini not expressed, but to the content of the standard equipment. For this purpose, a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and an audio system with a 6.5-inch colour display in the Central instrument counts in the future. Optionally, the screen offers a touch-screen function. Offer a variety of packages for the networking of content on the Smartphone or the Smartwatch.(rh)

by George Rondolos

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