MINI hatchback, convertible facelift debuts in Detroit - revised engines, transmission options

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Due to launch in the United Kingdom on March 17, Mini's core models now come with front and rear LED lights as standard and optional matrix LED high beams.

Mini has further developed the engines used in the range for more efficiency and torque.

There's also a new dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission available on the Mini One, Cooper, Cooper S and Cooper D, which offers improved shift times and quicker acceleration. There are now three new exterior colours - Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic and Solaris Orange metallic added to its palette.

Perhaps the most noticeable update will be the new LED tail lamps with the Union Jack design, which were created as a supplement to the new LED headlights.

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A Piano Black exterior pack replaces chrome finish on the headlights, tail lights and radiator grille with gloss black items. And you'd be right because although Mini chose to launch this auto right before winter shows its teeth, it will go on sale in the United States in March 2016, so right at the beginning of cabriolet season.

Under the skin, little has changed, but the entry level One model has ditched its 1.2-litre petrol in favour of a detuned version of the 1.5 from the Cooper. For the first time Mini is offering Find Mate for its 2018 range, which consists of wireless tracking tags that can be placed on items that you carry in the vehicle regularly, so you can find them if they are misplaced or lost. A total of four petrol engines and three diesels make up the powertrain line-up for the MINI hatchback range, while the convertible gets three petrols and three diesels, omitting the base 75 hp petrol unit for the soft-top. In addition, customers can specify a new 8.8-inch touchscreen navigation system with new user interface and greatly expanded features.

Wireless charging for mobile phones is also available as an option, located within the centre armrest storage compartment.

Another optional extra is the connected functions feature which incorporates real time traffic information, auto map updates via a phone connection, personal concierge service, and an internet online portal with news, weather and fuel price overview.