The entire range of MINIs have been updated, including new looks inside and out as well as new diesel engines that join the previously updated petrol engines. There are new bumpers which include inserts (which apparently channel air to cool the brakes) in the lower air intake that remind me of the facelifted Fiesta actually, LED for the tail lamps, and etc.
The LED tail lamps now feature dynamic brake lights, which vary their flash according to your brake intensity. The Xenon HID lamps when specified now include adaptive lighting that changes the beam angle according to your steering direction.
On the inside, there are newly designed controls for the audio and air conditioning systems for better functionality and ergonomics. There’s also a new selection of seat upholstery, trim elements and Colour Lines. Models equipped with the high-res colour display in the middle of the Center Speedo (never seen this in any R56 MINIs in Malaysia) can play videos from connected iPods. It can even display album cover art for the song playing on your iPod.
The diesel models have been updated – the new MINI One D (66 kW/90 hp) and new MINI Cooper D (82 kW/112 hp) have average fuel consumption of 3.8 litres per 100 kilometres (74.3 mpg imp) in the EU5 test cycle and CO2 emissions of 99 g/km. Other new diesel models include the new MINI One D Clubman and the new MINI Cooper D Convertible, the first ever open-top MINI with a diesel engine.
The new MINI will be launched on the 18th of September this year and if we’re lucky we’ll be able to see it in Malaysia before the end of the year. But our MINI Cooper S has already been updated to the new Valvetronic turbo engine so we’re not losing out in the engine bay department if one buys a pre-facelift MINI right now, as we don’t have diesel MINIs here in Malaysia.
There’s really more photos than text so look after the jump for a full hi-res gallery. I particularly like the facelifted MINI JCW with its black body and red roof, very sinister looking!
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GALLERY: MINI Cooper S Facelift
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GALLERY: MINI Cooper D Facelift
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GALLERY: MINI One D Clubman Facelift
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GALLERY: MINI John Cooper Works Facelift
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GALLERY: MINI Clubman Facelift
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GALLERY: MINI Convertible Facelift
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