Updated 2018 Mini Cooper Revealed Overseas

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Hatch, five-door and Convertible - gets additional tech, more customisation, LED lights and a new optional seven-speed DCT gearbox. The engine range has been improved for better efficiency.

Mini has unveiled its refreshed range of 2-door, cabriolet and 5-door models for 2018.

In the USA, engine choices are limited to two petrol models, the Cooper and the Cooper S. The first one comes with a 3-cylinder 1.5-liter unit delivering 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels while the latter features a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine that pushes out 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque.

New trim and color options are extended to the interior, with the addition of a Malt Brown Chester leather trim as well as Mini Yours Customized personalized trim pieces and illumination that can be specified for the interior and exterior.

An all-new, two-dimensional "Mini" logo has been rolled out for the first time, appearing on the bonnet, tailgate, steering wheel, multimedia system and remote control in all models. The gasoline-powered three-cylinder in the MINI One is 10 Nm more powerful than the pre-facelift model, tallying at 160 Nm for the entry-level version and 190 Nm for the more potent plant.

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MINI is giving its range - hatchback, five-door and convertible - a bit of a makeover for 2018 including, for the first time, the arrival of a dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

Elsewhere, customers can choose from three new exterior colours, plus some fresh alloy wheel designs.

Connectivity continues as a theme for the 2019 upgrades, with available real-time traffic information via 4G LTE, Apple CarPlay, and the Mini Connected app now integrating navigation and calendaring.

Expanding its scope on the style front, the MINI Yours Customised range offers personalisation options via an online shop, for items such as side scuttles, decorative strips for the interior on the passenger side, LED door sill finishers and LED door projectors. And you'd be right because although Mini chose to launch this auto right before winter shows its teeth, it will go on sale in the United States in March 2016, so right at the beginning of cabriolet season.