A celebration of everything British, courtesy of the Germans.
Set for its live debut next week at Detroit, Mini has pulled the sheets off its refreshed 2019 Hardtop (2- and 4-door configurations) and Convertible. At first, neither appear to look all that different, but a closer examination will reveal otherwise. First off, there’s the new Mini logo. On top of that, there are new design cues that will also make their way to future Minis as well. These styling updates include new LED taillights featuring the Union Jack pattern. The front headlights have also been slightly reworked.
Inside, the 2019 Mini Hardtop and Convertible come standard with a 6.5-inch screen and Bluetooth. There's an optional 8.8-inch touchscreen with navigation along with Apple CarPlay. Other new tech includes a wireless device charging pad located in the center armrest, a second USB port, and 4G LTE connectivity. There’s also the new Malt Brown Chesterfield leather upholstery (for the Hardtop only) and optional piano black interior trim with a Union Jack that actually lights up in the same color as the cool ambient lighting. As with all Minis past and present, buyers have a bunch of customization options, everything from another Union Jack on the roof to various paint schemes, and even innovative 3D printing methods and laser engraving.
Mini also says the selection of optional light alloy wheels has been expanded. Under the hood, the powertrains are complete carryovers. The base Hardtop and Convertible retain the turbo 1.5-liter three-cylinder with 134 hp paired to either a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. The Cooper S’s 2.0-liter turbo-four with the same transmissions returns as well while the top trim John Cooper Works gets a more powerful 228 hp version of that engine. The suspension on the JCW models also now has a sportier setup. Markets outside of the US are expected to have more extensive powertrain updates. Pricing and an on-sale date have yet to be announced. We’ll be on hand next week at Detroit to bring you plenty of live images and other details.