Mini says the new design, which features a bigger grille with a hexagonal surround, new air intakes, and more contoured wheel arches, makes the Hatch look “even more modern...by means of reduction.” Huh.
Either way, new colors and wheels are available, as is a black pack that de-chromes the entire car. Besides the nose, the biggest news on the looks front is the optional blue/black ‘Multitone Roof,’ for which Mini uses a special painting process. “Changing environmental conditions during [said] painting process” means each one is unique.
Inside, there’s a new steering wheel. All cars get the digital dashboard from the Mini Electric and GP, plus an 8.8-inch touchscreen running new operating software. Elsewhere, the air vents have been more smoothly integrated into the dashboard, there’s less chrome, and you can have an electronic handbrake instead of a conventional ratchet.
As for dynamics, the engines are the same (1.5-liter gasoline units for the One and the Cooper, a 2.0-liter for the Cooper S and the JCW, a 181hp e-motor for the Electric), but there is a new adaptive suspension system that “achieves a noticeably optimized balance between sportiness and ride comfort.”
Prices for the three-door hatch start at a £16,045 (P1.06 million). The five-door costs £700 (P46,190) more. For a Convertible, you’ll pay at least £20,705 (P1.37 million), while the Mini Electric starts from £27,920 (P1.84 million).
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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.