Mini updated to add appeal

Mini has given its model range a refresh to face the challenge from other current and future entrants into the chic small hatch market niche.

We have already seen the Fiat 500 and Citroen’s new DS, but there are others on the way – notably arch-rival Audi with the Audi A1.

Mini for 2010

There is a mild redesign both inside and out and two new diesel engines that (at 99 g/km) qualify for free road tax in the UK.

Both the Mini One D and MINI Cooper D achieve the same combined consumption figure of 74.3 mpg and CO2 emissions of 99 g/km. Yet, Mini say the Mini D Cooper accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 9.7 seconds while the Mini One D Hatch (90hp as compared to the Cooper D’s 112) still reaches 62mph in 11.4 seconds. Both incorporate brake energy regeneration systems and feature auto start-stop.

For the first time there will be a diesel version of the open-top Mini, when the Cooper D Convertible joins the range in August. Using the same 112hp engine as the Hatch, the Convertible accelerates to 62mph in 10.3 seconds, but has a 70 mpg combined mpg figure and emits just 105g/km of CO². Mini say this is the lowest emitting and most economical ‘full’ convertible vehicle on the UK market today.

In design terms, there’s a little more chrome obvious. A new front bumper with a lower air intake is not just to give the car a new look, but also to improve pedestrian protection. New style fog lamps adorn either side of the air intake which on MINI One and Cooper features a black cross bar to emphasise the car’s low, wide stance. On the Cooper S two air intakes feed the brake discs and enhance the sporting intent of this model.

At the rear, there is a new bumper and the tail and brake lights are LEDs while the brake lights use dynamic intensity lighting that varies according to the deceleration force applied. Pulsating light affords following drivers an opportunity to gauge the urgency of the braking manoeuvre.

Mini 2010 range

Inside, the centre console, steering wheel and the air conditioning and audio controls have all been modified.

All radio systems are equipped with a CD player and AUX-in connection that supports MP3 players. All now also feature DAB with the exception of the MINI First model.
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