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Posted by MINI on Isnin, 25 Jun 2018

It looks like the facelifted MINI 3 Door and 5 Door will be landing on Malaysian shores really soon, after MINI Malaysia launched a microsite along with a 10-second video clip on its official Facebook page, showing the 3 Door and 5 Door Cooper S in full glory. There’s no knowing when it’ll be launched, but it will most likely be within the third quarter of 2018, ahead of the W177 Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

To refresh your memory, the facelifted model comes with a very subtle visual update. Starting from the front, the headlights now get strip LED DRLs that form a full circle, instead of the individual LEDs that make a semicircle from before. The DRLs also double as turn signal indicators. The tail lights are even more graphically appealing, thanks to those Union Jack LED design. It’s not for everyone, but it is to this writer.

Inside, there’s a new three-spoke leather steering wheel, behind which rests a revised instrument cluster with redesigned fuel gauge. In the centre is an updated 6.5-inch touchscreen unit (same size as before) that bundles Bluetooth phone integration and a funky GPS navigation system (optional). Other updates include a new BMW-style electronic gearlever, Qi wireless phone charger, relocated drive mode switch and optional accessories for personalisation. However, it’s unclear if Malaysian models will get all the updates.

For engines, the standard 3 Door/5 Door Cooper come with the same B38 1.5 litre three-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo, producing 136 hp and 220 Nm of torque (230 Nm on overboost). The hotter Cooper S variants power on with a 2.0 litre four-cylinder unit that’s turbocharged to pack 192 hp and 320 Nm of torque.

Those output numbers are unchanged from before, but the big news is that the fitment of an all-new seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. With this new wet clutch gearbox, MINI promises better drivability, improved efficiency and of course, much quicker gearshifts. This seven-speed DCT will be standard on the 3 Door and 5 Door line-ups.

So, dear readers, what do you think of this facelifted model? Tell us, do you fancy the patriotic touch?