Updated 2018 Mini Cooper Revealed Overseas

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Introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the updates apply to the Mini 2- and 4-door Hardtops and the Mini Convertible.

Standard trim includes a 6-speed manual gearbox, but if you prefer an automatic, you can get a 6-speed one from the options list, regardless of engine choice. In terms of rolling stock, the optional range of wheels grows to include two-tone roulette spoke and two-tone propeller spoke items which are now available across all MINI bodystyles.

New LED lighting, a Union Flag design at the rear, and a new dual-clutch auto gearbox are the additions to the Mini range.

The headlamps have received an update, too, with a new daytime running light halo and turn signal combo that circles the entire housing. A further option is Mini's matrix LED technology, which adjusts the brightness of the beam depending on the environment, such as poor weather or motorway driving. The infotainment can be upgraded with an optional touchscreen, sat-nav and Apple CarPlay functionality. By dividing the beam into different segments for the low-beam and high-beam, each segment can be activated or deactivated independently of one another over 70 km/h (44 mph) when the front camera registers an oncoming vehicle. Mini has also added three new colours - Emerald Grey, Starlight Blue and Solaris Orange - to the car's exterior paint palette.

Changes are the same, including new headights with adaptive LED, redesigned stoplights embedded with the Union Jack motif, new rims and exterior colors, as well as a ton of customization options.

Updated 2018 Mini Cooper Revealed Overseas
Updated 2018 Mini Cooper Revealed Overseas

Furthermore, Mini Connected can now use your phone's calendar to plan your route and recommend a departure time using real-time traffic data.

Optional wireless charging is available via a storage compartment in the center console.

The range of engines has been revised for 2018 with updates to the internals, air intake, ECU and cooling system.

Probably the most unexpected change comes in the form of the engine cover, which is now "made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic". Mini claims faster gearshifts than the outgoing six-speed automatic, as well as modestly improved fuel efficiency. A seven-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch is optionally available for the models MINI One, MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper D.

Mini's 2018 range is available at dealers now.

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