Any talk of the nimble, new Mini would be incomplete without mentioning the impressive advancement on the technology side
Mini recently revamped its three-door, five-door and hatch ranges with a singular goal – to continue its longstanding tradition of offering superb ride quality, while allowing this premium car to make a bold styling statement. In fact, the new Mini wants you to “explore more corners” – something I was fortunate enough to do at a recent launch in Cape Town.
From all angles, the new Mini makes a progressive statement with its fresh visual appearance. Its new circular headlights are more expressive and customers have the option of fitting LED lighting that automatically adjust their brightness to road conditions. Another deft move has been the addition of the Union Jack motif inside the rear lights, clearly emphasising the car’s British origins. Even the Mini logo’s been refreshed.
Inside, as you’d expect from this compact premium car, leather seats are plush and the features on the dashboard nifty and user-friendly, making navigation on the road easy and the drive more enjoyable. Other new features for the three-door and five-door include the Chester leather trim in Malt Brown and a colour line, now also available in Malt Brown.
Then there’s the innovative Mini Yours Customised programme, which allows owners to customise their own scuttles, decorative strips for the cockpit fascia, LED door-sill finishers and LED door projectors. These customised products, which are easy to fit in the car at home, can be selected, designed and ordered through https://yours-customised.mini
Performance-wise, the engines in the three-door, five-door and convertible have been overhauled to boost driving pleasure and reduce fuel consumption. During the drive from Cape Town International Airport to Paarl and then Constantia, all the claims about the car’s superior ride quality were justified. It’s a vehicle for the image-conscious and young at heart who don’t want to compromise on taste, fun or style.
The range of body finishes available for the car variations includes three variants: Emerald Grey, Starlight Blue and Solaris Orange Metallic.