New Mini Cooper, Convertible and Clubman for 2011Mini facelifts entire range to take on Audi A1
28 June 2010
Cosmetic revisions are mild
The styling differences may only be noticeable to Mini aficionados, but they include more chrome around the front grille area plus LED tail-lights. The front bumper has also been re-designed to improve pedestrian impact performance.
Inside, all models get a revised digital DAB stereo (with the exception of Mini First) that includes an aux-in connection for your MP3 player, plus loads more colour trim options for that personal touch.
New diesel gives improved fuel economy and emits 99g/km of CO2
The facelifted Mini will also inherit BMW's new 1.6-litre diesel engine, which for the first time, will also be available to order in the Mini Convertible. Available as the 110bhp Cooper D or a de-tuned 89bhp Mini One D, it returns 72.4mpg on the combined run and cuts CO2 emissions from 104g/km to 99g/km, making it exempt from car tax. However, specify either diesel variant in the Clubman or Convertible and CO2 emissions rise to 103g/km and 104g/km respectively.
The facelifted Mini John Cooper Works continues to use the proven 208bhp, turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine, but gets new black sports seats with red piping and different 17 inch alloy wheels. It can also be ordered in an exclusive Chilli Red paint.
Mini Connected keeps you online when on the road
Mini Connected is a new operating system that allows iPhone users to stay connected to the web when on the move. Using the onboard monitor, passengers can receive RSS news feeds, Facebook and Twitter posts, plus view video files via an external application. The driver can even use voice control to send text messages via a text-to-speech function.
The revised Mini goes on sale on 18 September, with prices expected to stay in line with the current cars.
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