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Patriotic redesign for updated Mini hatch

The updated Mini hatch and convertible will go on sale from March, featuring enhanced connectivity, a dual-clutch automatic gearbox and LED lighting previewed by recent concept cars.

Patriotic lights adorn all new UK 2018 Minis as standard

Patriotic lights adorn all new UK 2018 Minis as standard

Highlights for the 2018 range include a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a new engine for the Mini One, which gets the BMW Group’s 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol and an increase in torque to 140lb.ft.

All Minis are equipped with a six-speed manual, or a seven-speed double-clutch available as an option. This offers a coasting function to save fuel, and an advanced start-stop system which uses the forward-facing camera to detect when it’s not worth deactivating the engine.

The refreshed range includes Union flag inspired LED lights at the rear as standard equipment in the UK, front LED headlamps with anti-dazzle technology and Matrix high-beam, MINI Connected Services with Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI), and a plethora of customisation options including 3D printed parts, three new colour options and extended range of leather trim.

The features in the new 2018 Mini 3-Door Hatch, 5-Door Hatch and Convertible will launch at Mini retailers across the UK on 17 March 2018.

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Jonathan Musk

Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.