Back in 2014, the Mini Cooper went through a full redesign, but you may not have observed it without a tape measure. Then, in 2017, it got a moderate name change to the Mini Hardtop. Now, with the 2019 model year approaching, it’s time to learn exactly what’s brand-new.
The 2019 Mini Hardtop’s exterior remains the same basic shape, however it’s the minor tweaks to the headlights and taillights that set it apart. The Hardtop’s basic halogen headlights will now feature a black accent panel to set the off a bit, while the optional LED lights will boast modified signature lighting– A.K.A driving lights. Around back, the LED taillights are styled to simulate the Union Jack. Purchasers can also choose from 3 brand-new paint colors: Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metallic. Finally, there are new piano black accents available on the headlight surrounds, taillights, and grille.
The features list likewise undergoes a mild shuffle, including recently standard Bluetooth connectivity, and available multifunction steering wheel and radio with 6.5-inch screen and USB input. Optionally, purchasers can go for the larger 8.8-inch screen with navigation and a brand-new user interface. Inside, buyers will be treated to a wider choice of seating surface areas, like Malt Brown Chesterfield Leather upholstery. Buyers can likewise go with piano black interior trim.
In the powertrain department, we expect no changes. Try to find the base Hardtop to show up with a standard 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine with 134 horse power and 162 pound-feet of torque. Optionally, purchasers can go for the Cooper S and get a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the Hardtop John Cooper Works coming in with a 2.0-liter engine with 228 ho and 236 lb-ft of torque.
While the Mini Hardtop aced all the IIHS’ crash tests, it completely flubbed the headlight test, earning a “Poor” score. This dropped it out ot being a Top Safety Pick. With no big changes to the function of the headlights, we do not expect any changes here.
There is no main announcement regarding when we must expect to see the 2019 Mini Hardtop. As for pricing, we expect it to stay just like the 2018 model, which runs from $23,700 to $34,150 (location charges consisted of). The essential rivals for the 2019 Mini Hardtop consist of the Ford Fiesta, Fiat 500, and Volkswagen GTI.