Back in 2014, the Mini Cooper went through a complete redesign, but you may not have actually discovered 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 exact same basic shape, but it’s the slight 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. Buyers can also choose from three new paint colors: Emerald Grey metal, Starlight Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metallic. Finally, there are brand-new piano black accents offered on the headlight surrounds, taillights, and grille.
The features list also undergoes a mild shuffle, including newly standard Bluetooth connectivity, and offered multifunction wheel and radio with 6.5-inch screen and USB input. Optionally, buyers can opt for the larger 8.8-inch screen with navigation and a new interface. Inside, purchasers will be dealt with to a broader selection of seating surface areas, like Malt Brown Chesterfield Leather upholstery. Purchasers can likewise opt for piano black interior trim.
In the powertrain department, we anticipate no changes. Look for the base Hardtop to arrive with a standard 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine with 134 horse power and 162 pound-feet of torque. Optionally, buyers can opt for the Cooper S and get a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Lastly, the Hardtop John Cooper Works rolls 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 totally flubbed the headlight test, making 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 anticipate any changes here.
There is no main announcement regarding when we must anticipate to see the 2019 Mini Hardtop. When it comes to pricing, we anticipate it to stay similar to the 2018 model, which ranges from $23,700 to $34,150 (destination costs included). The essential rivals for the 2019 Mini Hardtop consist of the Ford Fiesta, Fiat 500, and Volkswagen GTI.