Johannesburg - MINI's range of compact cars in South Africa (three-door, five-door and convertible, but not the Clubman and Countryman models) have been updated to feature a raft of new technologies and style upgrades.
Buyers can expect new engine-transmission combinations, an extended array of standard features, refreshed headlights and rear lights, and upgraded connectivity technology for the infotainment.
Exterior tweaks across the range comprise LED headlights with Matrix function for high beam mode, LED rear lights featuring an embedded Union Jack design, a new MINI logo with enhanced body finishes in Piano Black, and new light-alloy wheel designs.
Inside, there's an extended range of leather trim, refined interior surfaces and new colour lines. A multi-function steering wheel and radio with 16.5cm colour screen, USB and Bluetooth interface are standard across the range.
Optionally, radio and navigation systems with a touchscreen monitor are available, as is wireless charging for smart phones.
The entry level Mini One also gains an increase in engine capacity from a 1.2-litre to a 1.5-litre turbopetrol, raising torque by 10Nm to 190Nm, while power stays the same at 75kW.
All engines across the Mini range have been fettled with to ensure improved fuel consumption and reduced carbon emissions. However, the biggest news comes in the form of a seven speed double-clutch automatic transmission that's available in Mini One, Cooper and Cooper S models.
BMW says the new transmission is characterised by fast shifts, enabling extremely sporty acceleration without torque interruption to the drive wheels. It is operated using a new electronic gear selector lever. The Cooper S comes with shift paddles on the steering wheel for particularly spontaneous gearshifts.