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.

The original Mini was one of the most popular cars ever produced, and nearly 5.4 million were sold until production ceased in 2000 to make way for an all-new model.

Since the Mini's rebirth under the stewardship of BMW, the diminutive brand has garnered a cult following amongst hip, trendy, and fashion-forward car buyers. Today, it's a sought after marque that offers value on the low end with its One derivatives and tar-ripping performance on the other end in the form of John Cooper Works models.

KEY SPECIFICATIONS - THREE-DOOR

Mini One
Outputs: 75kW and 190Nm
0-100km/h (claimed):  10.1 seconds (10.2 seconds AT)
Top Speed (claimed):  195km/h (195km/h AT)
Fuel consumption (claimed):  5.0-4.9 litres/100km (5.0-4.8 litres/100km AT)

Mini Cooper
Outputs: 100kW and 230Nm
0-100km/h (claimed):  7.9 seconds (7.8 seconds AT)
Top Speed (claimed):  210km/h (210km/h AT)
Fuel consumption (claimed):  5.2-5.0 litres/100km (5.0-4.8 litres/100km AT)

Mini Cooper S
Outputs: 141kW and 300Nm
0-100km/h (claimed):  6.8 seconds (6.7 seconds AT)
Top Speed (claimed):  235km/h (235km/h AT)
Fuel consumption (claimed):  6.1-6.0 litres/100km (5.3-5.2 litres/100km AT)

Mini John Cooper Works
Outputs: 170kW and 320Nm
0-100km/h (claimed):  6.3 seconds (6.1 seconds AT)
Top Speed (claimed):  246km/h (246km/h AT)
Fuel consumption (claimed):  6.6 litres/100km (5.7 litres/100km AT)

FIVE-DOOR

Mini One
Outputs: 75kW and 190Nm
0-100km/h (claimed):  10.3 seconds (10.5 seconds AT)
Top Speed (claimed):  192km/h (192km/h AT)
Fuel consumption (claimed):  5.0-4.9 litres/100km (5.0-4.8 litres/100km AT)

Mini Cooper
Outputs: 100kW and 230Nm
0-100km/h (claimed):  8.2 seconds (8.1 seconds AT)
Top Speed (claimed):  207km/h (207km/h AT)
Fuel consumption (claimed):  5.2-5.1 litres/100km (5.0-4.8 litres/100km AT)

Mini Cooper S
Outputs: 141kW and 300Nm
0-100km/h (claimed):  6.9 seconds (6.8 seconds AT)
Top Speed (claimed):  235km/h (235km/h AT)
Fuel consumption (claimed):  6.3-6.2 litres/100km (5.4-5.2 litres/100km AT)

CONVERTIBLE

Mini Cooper
Outputs: 100kW and 230Nm
0-100km/h (claimed):  8.8 seconds (8.7 seconds AT)
Top Speed (claimed):  208km/h (206km/h AT)
Fuel consumption (claimed):  5.4-5.2 litres/100km (5.4-5.2 litres/100km AT)

Mini Cooper S
Outputs: 141kW and 300Nm
0-100km/h (claimed):  7.2 seconds (7.1 seconds AT)
Top Speed (claimed):  230km/h (230km/h AT)
Fuel consumption (claimed):  6.4-6.3 litres/100km (5.6-5.5 litres/100km AT)

PRICES

Mini One Hatch 3-door: R302 200
Mini One Hatch 3-door AT: R323 200
Mini Cooper Hatch 3-door:  R370 300
Mini Cooper Hatch 3-door AT:  R391 300
Mini Cooper Hatch S 3-door:  R430 577
Mini Cooper Hatch S 3-door AT:  R450 186
Mini John Cooper Works Hatch 3-door:  R491 095
Mini John Cooper Works Hatch 3-door AT:  R512 865


Mini One Hatch 5-door:  R312 300
Mini One Hatch 5-door AT:  R333 300
Mini Cooper Hatch 5-door:  R380 400
Mini Cooper Hatch 5-door AT:  R401 400
Mini Cooper S Hatch 5-door:  R441 057
Mini Cooper S Hatch 5-door AT:  R459 780


Mini Cooper Convertible:  R423 200
Mini Cooper Convertible AT:  R444 200
Mini Cooper S Convertible:  R496 836
Mini Cooper S Convertible AT:  R515 559

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