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Spied: Mini Cooper range to get a facelift, powertrain upgrade

Spied: Mini Cooper range to get a facelift, powertrain upgrade image

Marcus De Guzman / Carpix for AutoIndustriya.com | May 11, 2017 10:50

Mini to give the entire Cooper range a nip and tuck

The Mini Cooper Hatch and Convertible range are set to receive a plethora of upgrades it seems. Recently, our insiders were able to spot what looked like the refreshed Mini Cooper being tested on public roads.

Upon first glance, both the prototype cabriolet and hatchback models appear to have some minor revisions on its exterior. Based on the images, Mini plans on updating the front grill, headlights, taillights and a portion of the rear bumper.

Spied: Mini Cooper range to get a facelift, powertrain upgrade

As far as other changes are concerned, new wheel designs, additional body colors and new interior trim / leather options may also become available in the updated Cooper range.

Mechanical changes are also expected to arrive in the updated Cooper range. Our spies indicated that the turbocharging system will be overhauled for the future update. Apparently, both the exhaust manifold and turbocharger itself will be housed together in the cylinder head.

The Mini Cooper Convertible facelift prototype

Meanwhile, the turbo casing on the three-cylinder models will now be made from aluminum. On the other hand, four-cylinder engines will have their turbo casings made from steel. Also, there will supposedly be a new cooling system that will also reduce C02 emissions, along with a slight power bumper from the TwinPower Turbo mills.

Rear quarter of the Mini Cooper Convertible facelift prototype

Even more so, there are rumors going around that dual-clutch gearboxes could become available in the updated Mini Cooper range.