FIRST LOOK: 2018 F56 MINI Cooper S 3 Door facelift

The F56 MINI Hatch was given a mid-life update early this year, featuring very subtle updates to the 3 Door, 5 Door and Convertible range. That includes a brand new two-dimensional logo, revised LED daytime running lights, unique Union Jack LED tail lights, 3D-printed fender trims and striking new paint colours.

The automaker must have sworn by the ‘if it ain’t broke’ mantra when redesigning the cabin, because apart from a few nifty updates, the interior remains by and large the same as before. Notable additions include newly-designed seat patterns, an upgraded 6.5-inch head unit, repositioned drive mode selector switch as well as the new electronic gear shifter that governs the new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Mechanically, the B48 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol with MINI TwinPower turbo continues propulsion duties in the Cooper S. Output is unchanged – it makes 192 hp and 280 Nm, with power channeled exclusively to the front wheels. The motor gets updated with new high-pressure injectors, intake air ducts, oil supply, as well as cooling and exhaust systems. Efficiency is said to increase by seven percent as well.

Watch the walk-around video to find out just what MINI has done with this mid-life update. MINI Malaysia has already dropped a teaser video and launched a microsite, which means the F56 facelift should be making its Malaysian debut soon. Enjoy the video, and as usual, leave your thoughts below.

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Matthew H Tong

An ardent believer that fun cars need not be fast and fast cars may not always be fun. Matt advocates the purity and simplicity of manually swapping cogs while coping in silence of its impending doom. Matt's not hot. Never hot.




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