2019 Mini Hardtop, Convertible Add Appearance, Tech Updates
Mini, BMW AG’s sporty British brand, has updated looks and added technology to its 2019 Mini Cooper 2- and 4-door hardtops and Convertible. The refreshed lineup of Mini hardtops and the convertible will be shown in Detroit this month at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The refreshed Mini Cooper, redone in 2014, will reach showrooms this spring.
“Stylishly refined” is how Mini officials describe exterior and interior appearance changes that include new LED rear lights with a quirky British Union Jack flag design, plus new simpler, flat Mini logo. More exterior colors are available, and the headlamps have been redone to be more expressive, plus brighter LED headlights are optional. Interior upgrades and advanced digital services and connectivity, including wireless charging, also are added.
The color palette has been enhanced as well. New exterior paint choices for the 2019 Mini volume seller variants include Piano Black with lights and radiator surrounds done in gloss black instead of chrome, plus metallic choices of Emerald Grey, Starlight Blue, and Solaris Orange for personalization. A range of optional, light alloy 17-in. wheels in several designs with two-tone color spokes also has been expanded. In addition, the Mini logo has been updated and is now projected on the driver’s-side exterior mirror.
Inside, changes will include an extended range of leather seat upholstery, trims, and interior surfaces in new colors for customization. The new Piano Black paint option includes Piano Black interior trim and backlit illumination on the dashboard to match the car’s ambient lighting. A group of Mini Yours Customized accessories also has been enlarged with more decorative strips and LED door sill finishers.
On the tech side, the multi-function steering wheel and radio with 6.5-in. color screen and Bluetooth interface are standard. Optional tech features include radio and navigation with 8.8-in. touch screen, wireless charging for smartphones, and more USB ports. New digital services are optional in premium trim levels and include real-time traffic information with 4G LTE connectivity and support for Apple CarPlay, plus other connected services and emergency calls, including a system to tag luggage. A personal mobility assistant also can be set up for trip planning.
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