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2018 Mini Hatch, Convertible upgrades announced

Details of the updated 2018 Mini Hatch and Convertible ranges have been announced this week, bringing a range of cosmetic, mechanical and technology upgrades to the British icon. Headlining the changes for the new model include the availability of adaptive Matrix LED headlights, new LED tail-lights, new logos and body finishes, revised alloy wheel designs, new interior trim choices, a new dual-clutch transmission option, and upgraded infotainment options...

Mini turns to 3D printing and laser etching for customisation options

Mini has hung its hat on personalisation since its (re)launch in 2000, offering a dizzying array of paint, sticker, wheel and body options. Now, it's hoping to take the concept to a new level with 3D printing and laser etching. A new personalisation program, dubbed Mini Yours Customised, allows owners to create their own side scuttles, dashboard trims, door sills and LED puddle lights...

2018 Mini Hatch and Convertible get new dual-clutch transmission - UPDATE

Mini has added a new transmission to its Hatch and Convertible ranges, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which offers faster gear changes and better efficiency. Officially dubbed 'Steptronic', the new DCT replaces the current torque-converter automatic, though it's unclear which "selected engine types" the shifter will be available with...

Mini Clubman Masterpiece Edition lands from $55,210

The (deep breath) Mini Cooper S Clubman Masterpiece Edition is now on sale in Australia, with the special edition priced from $55,210 before on-road costs. Limited to just 30 units in Australia, the Cooper S Clubman Masterpiece Edition features an array of specification upgrades from the Mini Tours personalisation line-up, along with a unique shade of White Silver exterior paint...

Mini to launch baby SUV in 2021 - report

Mini is said to be plotting a new SUV to slot below the Countryman, complete with a pure-electric powertrain, according to a new report out of the UK. Auto Express cites a "source close to Mini", claiming the new model will launch around 2021 riding on the company's next-generation platform...

Mini to tackle Dakar in rear-drive JCW Buggy

Mini has unveiled the cars it will be taking to the 2018 Dakar Rally, showcasing two very different approaches to desert-destroying performance. Along with the all-wheel drive John Cooper Works Rally, the company will be lining up with the rear-driven John Cooper Works Buggy...

2018 Mini Cooper S snapped during testing

The facelifted Mini Cooper S five-door has been caught testing in Germany, revealing minor tweaks ahead of its formal launch. As you can probably see, the life cycle impulse (LCI, or BMW speak for mid-life refresh) five-door hatch won't run with any major sheetmetal changes over its predecessor...

BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen team up for European fast charging network

BMW, Daimler (parent of Mercedes-Benz and Smart), Ford and Volkswagen have joined forces to roll out a fast charging network for electric cars across Europe. Ionity, a new joint venture company equally owned by the four automakers, plans to have approximately 400 high-power charging stations open "across European major thoroughfares" by 2020...

Mini Deep Orange 7: Students look to 2025 with design concept

Students at Clemson University have re-imagined the Mini for 2025 with the Deep Orange 7 Concept. The car, which has been in development since 2014, is a fully-functional vehicle, complete with a scalable platform capable of housing pure-electric, internal-combustion or plug-in hybrid propulsion systems with minimal modifications...

Mini design ‘needs to progress’, no larger models planned

Mini says that it has stepped out of the ‘retro’ design philosophy and is embarking on a new era of design that will see the brand progress with a new distinct flavour that still maintains the core DNA of the brand’s iconic styling...

Mini committed to diesel 'long term'

Mini says that it looks forward to selling many diesel-powered vehicles in the year to come, defending the engine type against its current political and environmental issues following 'Dieselgate' and committing to the technology for the long term...