The MINI 3-Door Hatch, MINI 5-Door Hatch and MINI Convertible will be updated for 2018 with new models arriving at MINI retailers across Ireland this March.

New features include standard-fit front and rear LED lights across the range and an advanced dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

MINI Connected Concierge services and wireless smartphone charging have also been added for the first time as well as first-in-class options such as new anti-dazzle adaptive LED headlights with Matrix high beam.

The 2018 MINI Hatch and Convertible range will also see the debut of an all-new MINI logo on the vehicle with a flat two-dimensional design. The new logo appears on the bonnet, tailgate, steering wheel, instrument display and central locking remote control on all models.

There are three new colours: Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic and Solaris Orange metallic.

Exterior options now include an additional means of customising the exterior design. With the Piano Black Exterior pack, the surrounds of the headlights, rear lights and radiator grille are finished in high-gloss black instead of chrome.

The choice of alloy wheels has been expanded too. 17-inch ‘Roulette’ and ‘Propeller’ designs are now available for all body variants of the new MINI Hatch and Convertible, along with a new ‘Rail’ two-tone wheel.

There are also new interior trims. The newly designed three-spoke steering wheel in the MINI range now features multifunction buttons. As standard, all vehicles will have a 6.5-inch full colour display and standard rotary controller. Customers can choose to upgrade this screen to include optional MINI Navigation with a touchscreen display and Apple CarPlay functionality.

Revisions to engines and powertrain have been made to further enhance driving fun. The 3-cylinder petrol engine in the MINI One has seen an increase in capacity to 1.5 litres, increasing maximum torque by 10 Nm, taking it to 190 Nm.

All new MINIs come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but now 3-Door Hatch, 5-Door Hatch and Convertible models are now also available with a 7-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch as an option.

The transmission is offered on MINI One, MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper D engine variants.

For 2018, MINI has enhanced the equipment offered in the popular Pepper and Chili packs.

Pepper Pack adds extra features including 15-inch light alloy wheels, MINI Excitement Pack, leather steering wheel, rain sensor with automatic headlight activation, automatic air conditioning, and now rear park distance control (PDC).

Chili Pack builds on the contents of the Pepper Pack, adding extras features including 17-inch light alloy wheels, cloth and leather upholstery, a sport steering wheel and a sport button to further enhance the driving experience.

The MINI Excitement Package, which is included in the Pepper and Chili packs for customers, now includes MINI logo projection on the driver’s side.

Caroline Kidd