The facelifted Mini hatch and convertible have officially arrived in South Africa, with the range priced from R302 200.
The updated versions of the three- and five-door Mini hatchback, as well as the refreshed convertible (which we've since driven in Spain), were first revealed in January 2018. Have a closer look and you’ll likely notice the redesigned headlamps and tail-lights (the latter complete with the Union Jack design), as well as the fresh alloy wheel designs.
There’s also the debut of the latest Mini logo, while inside you’ll find a new multifunction steering wheel and a standard 6,5-inch colour screen. Yet more customisation options also arrive, along with three new paint finishes and the optional Piano Black Exterior package, the latter seeing the surrounds of the headlamps, tail-lights and grille finished in high-gloss black instead of chrome.
The 75 kW three-cylinder petrol engine that powers the Mini One now draw its oomph from a capacity of 1,5 litres (rather than 1,2 litres), with maximum torque up 10 N.m for a total of 190 N.m.
As an alternative to the standard six-speed manual transmission, a new seven-speed dual-clutch debuts in the One, Cooper and Cooper S. As a reminder, the Cooper models use a 1,5-litre turbo-triple worth 100 kW and 220 N.m, while the Cooper S derivatives employ a 2,0-litre turbo-four worth 141 kW and 280 N.m.
And the three-door JCW hatchback you spy in the pricing list below? Well, this model is seemingly unaffected by the facelift, but for the record, its 2,0-litre churns out 170 kW and 320 N.m…
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 S Hatch 3-door: R430 577
Mini Cooper S Hatch 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
Ryan has spent most of his career in online media, writing about everything from sport to politics and other forms of crime. But his true passion – reignited by a 1971 Austin Mini Mk3 still tucked lifeless in a dark corner of his garage – is of the automotive variety.