Due to launch in the United Kingdom on March 17, Mini's core models now come with front and rear LED lights as standard and optional matrix LED high beams. As befitting a modern MINI, the range of options for personalisation has grown further as well.
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Headlines? Along with some new paint colours like "Solaris Orange" and "Starlight Blue" (both pictured) and some fresh alloy wheel designs, all United Kingdom cars come with LED headlights as standard with the option to step up to dazzle-free Matrix LED ones.
A Piano Black exterior pack replaces chrome finish on the headlights, tail lights and radiator grille with gloss black items. The freshened Minis are expected to begin arriving in showrooms in the first quarter of the new year. The entry-level option is now a three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol that gets increased torque, while higher pressure fuel injection is present in both diesel and petrol engines.
On the diesel front, the MINI range comprises three variants with outputs ranging from 95 hp to 170 hp, and each is mated to an eight-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
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The line-up of optionally available 17-inch alloy wheels has grown to include "Roulette Spoke", "Propeller Spoke" and "Rail Spoke" bi-colour designs. The personalization goes into overdrive with the Mini Yours Customised program reminiscent of BMW's Individual program, providing extensive customization-no doubt for a price.
"Inside there's a new steering wheel and an updated version of the 6.5" infotainment, with Nav Plus and Wireless phone charging options, as well as an optional upgrade including Apple CarPlay, with an extended range of leather trim and new backlit surfaces.
Not far behind is an updated Mini logo, which appears on the bonnet, tailgate, steering wheel, central instrument display, remote control and optional driver's side puddle lighting all models.
An adaptive version of the latter with high-beam assist is also available.