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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.


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.


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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