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The updated Mini Cooper S three-door hatch and Mini Cabriolet have been spied during testing in Europe.

Launched in 2014, the third-generation Mini range is about ready for its mid-life makeover or LCI (life change impulse) in BMW parlance.

With the three-door hatch and convertible the first models released in the current generation’s range, they’re also the first to be upgraded.

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Like the spy photos of the 1 Series hatch update, which we published yesterday, the revised Mini hatch and convertible won’t look dramatically different to the cars already in showrooms throughout the world.

With just a little bit of disguise tape around the headlights, above the grille, across the rear bumper, and surrounding the tail-lights, we’re expecting changes to the lighting graphics and, maybe, some different garnishes.

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It’s understood BMW is expending more effort upgrading the Mini’s mechanicals. Changes suggested by the rumour mill include the exhaust manifold and turbocharger being housed together, and a new aluminium turbo casing on three-cylinder models.

Although the next-generation BMW M5 will reportedly drop its seven-speed dual-clutch auto in favour an eight-speed torque converter, there are suggestions the updated Mini range might be available with dual-clutch transmissions.

There will be the usual set of interior trim fiddles, as well as the possibility of improved ambient lighting.

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