MINI hatchback and convertible get a refresh, but you probably can't tell

Revamped Mini range launches with bolstered tech and new DCT gearbox

Starting with the headlights, the 2019 MINI Hardtop 2 Door, new MINI Hardtop 4 Door and the MINI Convertible get more expressive headlights, with optional LED lighting. As befitting a modern MINI, the range of options for personalisation has grown further as well.

The BMW-owned British marque's hatchback and convertible have received minor updates for the 2018 model year, with cosmetic changes to go with revised engines and the recently released, optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

The original also gets three new paint color options: Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metallic.

If that's not British enough for you, you can also get a light-up Union Jack motif on the dashboard, assuming you opt for the new Piano Black trim option, which turns all interior trim gloss black.

An all-new, two-dimensional "Mini" logo has been rolled out for the first time, appearing on the bonnet, tailgate, steering wheel, multimedia system and remote control in all models.

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The entry-level Ray's 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine has been replaced by a 1.5-litre unit that produces the same 75kW power output, while torque is up 10Nm to 190Nm. All of the new models can also be customized via the new Mini Yours Customised program we talked about before.

Further enhancing the updated look are new 17-inch light alloy wheels in the design styles Roulette Spoke two-tone and Propeller Spoke two-tone wheels can be ordered for all three Minis.

An adaptive version of the latter with high-beam assist is also available.

Interior refinements are devoted to tech upgrades, including a new 8.8-inch color touch screen with a navigation and premium audio option (a 6.5-inch color screen is standard); expanded leather and trim color choices; expanded functions for the Mini Connected and Mini Connected XL infotainment and connectivity features; wireless smartphone and computer recharging; and standard Bluetooth interface.

With the new Mini Connected functions, a diverse range of services and function become available including: Advanced Real Time Traffic Information with 4G LTE connectivity, support for Apple CarPlay, Connected Services, and intelligent emergency call.

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