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Mini Australia has announced pricing and specs for the facelifted Hatch and Convertible ranges, which touch down locally on July 1.

After being treated to a mid-life spruce-up (or a Life Cycle Impulse in BMW-speak), the Cooper Hatch 3 Door will be priced from $29,900 before on-road costs, up $1990 on the current model – although Mini says you get $3600 worth of extra gear.

Power comes from a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol making 100kW and 220Nm, putting power to the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission or six-speed manual.

Jumping to the Cooper S bumps that figure to $39,700 (+$200), with Mini claiming it packs $1100 more value than before. As before, it's powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol with 141kW and 280Nm, hooked up to a six-speed manual or (new) seven-speed dual-clutch.

The John Cooper Works (JCW) is up to $49,900 (+$1000) as well, carrying the same claimed $1100 value bump. It carries the same 2.0-litre engine with 170kW of power and 320Nm of torque as before, put to the front wheels through the same eight-speed torque-converter automatic.

The Cooper 5 Door will start at $31,150 before on-roads, a $1900 increase on the outgoing car, although the company once again says it packs $3600 worth of extra gear. The Cooper S 5 Door is priced from $41,150 (+$200).

Finally, the Mini Convertible will start at $40,990 before on-roads (+$1390), jumping to $47,900 (+400) for the Cooper S and $57,900 (+$1000) for the JCW.

Across the range, the Hatch and Convertible line-up have gained a touchscreen infotainment system as standard, along with Mini Connected 4G capability and Apple CarPlay for three years.

That's right, it's a BMW Group product, but you don't have to option CarPlay – a nod to the younger Mini audience, perhaps?

The LCI update has brought new LED head- and tail-lights to the range, although you'll have to pay extra for the (sharp) Union Jack look on the base Cooper. They're standard on the Cooper S and Cooper JCW.

Five extra colours have been added to the palette: Solaris Orange, Emerald Grey, Starlight Blue, Melting Silver and Chilli Red. Along with the fresh paint options, Mini Yours customisation will be offered – if there's a message or pattern you want for the dash, door sills or puddle lights, the company will 3D print it for you.

2018 Mini Hatch and Convertible pricing

  • Mini Cooper 3 Door - $29,900
  • Mini Cooper S 3 Door - $39,900
  • Mini Cooper JCW 3 Door - $49,900
  • Mini Cooper 5 Door - $31,150
  • Mini Cooper S 5 Door - $41,150
  • Mini Cooper Convertible - $40,900
  • Mini Cooper S Convertible - $47,900
  • Mini Cooper JCW Convertible - $57,900

All prices exclude on-road costs.