We’re back from the launch of the facelifted MINI range at Auto Bavaria Jalan Tun Razak. Besides new looks to differentiate itself from the pre-facelift R56 MINI, the Malaysian market will get options such as a Glass Roof package and MINI Connected. BMW released the facelifted MINI worldwide in July this year, so they’re here pretty quick.

Exterior wise, the facelifted MINI gets new front and rear bumpers. This is more apparent in Cooper S and John Cooper Works variants, thanks to new chrome intakes on the front bumper next to the fog lamps. They’re supposed to provide better brake cooling.

The rear foglamp and reverse lamp combo mimics the front design – single piece for the Cooper and one on each side for the Cooper S/JCW. The side indicator surrounds (where the fender meets the door) and their glass covers are also newly designed. The tail lamps are now lit up via LED lighting.

Inside, the range gets revised trim colours and new controls for the stereo and air con. The JCW variant gets black sports seats with red stitching (or white if you want), piano black trim and Antracite coloured dials. New features include auto dimming electrochromatic side mirrors.

The new colours are Eclipse Grey, Spice Orange, White Silver and British Racing Green for the Cooper and Cooper S. For the JCW, Chili Red is now available exclusively as the contrast colour for the roof and door caps. Its 17-inch Cross Spoke Challenge alloys can be had in black for a mean look.

It’s pretty much unchanged under the skin. BMW has managed to make Valvetronic, direct injection and turbo work together since early this year in the MINI, so all models get the fully variable valve management system. The Cooper’s 1.6 Prince engine makes 120 hp/160 Nm and is capable of 0-100 km/h in 10.4 seconds on to a 197 km/h top speed.

The Cooper S with twin scroll turbo (N14B16 engine) makes 184 hp and 240 Nm of torque, or 260 Nm on overboost. This pocket rocket does 0-100 in 7.2 seconds and has a top whack of 223 km/h. If you want the ultimate MINI, the 211 hp/260 Nm (280 Nm on overboost) JCW will outsprint a Golf GTI with a 0-100 time of 6.5 seconds. Top speed is 238 km/h.

Now to the options, which can be added to all variants. The Glass Roof package offers one-touch operation and can be opened via the key fob. It’s yours for RM9,988. For RM14,988 extra, you get MINI Connected, which was developed to integrate the capabilities of the iPhone to the MINI (other phone users, sorry). Opt for this and you get a 6.5-inch LCD screen in the central meter, specific controls (joystick and two buttons) in the centre tunnel and a Harmon Kardon 480W stereo with 10 speakers.

MINI Connected works when you plug in your iPhone (with the free MINI Connected App). Navigating the functions can then be done with the joystick. One can listen to thousands of web radio stations from around the world or catch up with RSS news feeds and Twitter via the LCD screen, good to pass the time in traffic jams.

The new MINI range starts at RM195,888 for the Cooper, RM239,888 for the Cooper S and RM275,888 for the JCW. Prices are on the road without insurance, but with MINI Tender Loving Care service package.

Official images and photos from the launch are after the jump.

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MINI Cooper
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MINI Cooper S
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