The iconic hatchback from the United Kingdom gets a makeover for the 2019 model year. After making its world debut at this year's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, the refreshed Mini 3-Door, 5-Door and Convertible models have officially arrived in the Philippines.
It features a slightly tweaked but still familiar exterior along with new and updated technologies inside and out. The 2019 Mini Cooper model range benefits from a stylish redesign that is paired to the hatchback's signature sporty and fun-to-drive pedigree.
Changes at the front of the 2019 Mini Cooper are subtle, largely down to the restyled LED headlights. They now offer better illumination during night-time driving and also benefit from new LED light modules. Ever present are the LED daytime running lights and new turn signal indicators that surround the entire headlight assembly.
But perhaps the most obvious change seen on the 2019 Mini Cooper are the 'Union Jack' LED taillights. First used on the GP Works Concept from last year, the new taillight design highlights the Mini Cooper's British lineage while also making the hatchback look more stylish.
Pop the doors open and the updated Mini Cooper features a slightly tweaked cabin. A wide selection of leather upholstery and trim pieces are now available on the 3-Door, 5-Door and Convertible variants. For those that prefer a dark-trimmed cabin, Mini is also offering the new Piano Black Style trim. With it, the center console, door cards and instrument panel are finished in Piano Black. Providing a stark contrast against the dark theme comes courtesy of an illuminated Union Jack motif on the dashboard.
Other changes introduced in the 3-Door and 5-Door and Convertible Cooper models include a new steering wheel with updated media and cruise controls and a new 6.5-inch infotainment display that supports AM/FM radio, USB, Aux and Bluetooth. Other available in-car amenities for the 2019 Mini Cooper include Radio Mini Visual Boost and a navigation system.
Propelling the refreshed Mini Cooper range are the TwinPower Turbo inline-three and inline-four engines. The standard Cooper models get a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo which delivers 136 PS at 4500 – 6500 rpm and 220 Nm of torque at 4200 rpm. Meanwhile, the Cooper S variants get the more powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo which produces 192 PS at 5000 – 6000 rpm along with 280 Nm of torque at 4600 rpm.
Available only for the John Cooper Works (JCW) 3-Door is a beefier 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-four. It cranks out a healthy 231 PS at 5200 – 6000 rpm and an impressive 320 Nm of torque at 4800 rpm. Equipped with the new dual-clutch transmission, the JCW 3-Door can sprint from 0 – 100 km/h 6.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 246 km/h.
As mentioned earlier, the old six-speed automatic has been replaced by a new seven-speed Steptronic dual-clutch transmission (DCT). According to Mini, the new transmission delivers faster gear shifts and quicker acceleration. Moreover, the new Steptronic DCT can use navigation data to know exactly when to switch gears on full automatic mode. This means the DCT can downshift early before a tight corner to make use of engine braking. Cooper S models benefit from paddle shifters and a Sport Mode function for the Steptronic transmission.
New colors are also available for the 3-Door, 5-Door and Convertible body styles: These include Emerald Gray Metallic, Starlight Blue Metallic and Solaris Orange Metallic. There are even new 17-inch alloy wheels for the Cooper and Cooper S offerings. The former gets the two-tone Propeller-style wheels while the latter receives the two-tone Rail Spoke design.
Pricing for the 2019 Mini Cooper 3-Door, 5-Door and Convertible models are as follows:
Mini Cooper 3-Door – Php 2,550,000
Mini Cooper S 3-Door – Php 3,000,000
Mini Cooper JCW 3-Door – Php 3,850,000
Mini Cooper 5-Door – Php 2,650,000
Mini Cooper S 5-Door – Php 3,100,000
Mini Cooper Convertible S – Php 3,350,000