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30th June, 2010 (copyright image)

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Mini is giving its model line-up fresh impetus to continue its history of competitiveness in the small car segment with design modifications, a new diesel engine and new equipment features. The changes introduced for the Mini, Mini Clubman and Mini Convertible underpin both the 'character' of the brand and its position in the marketplace of each individual model in terms of driving and efficiency. The range of typically Mini customisation options available for the cars – which are each built according to customer specifications – is more appealing and extensive than ever.

The global market launch on 18th September 2010 will see a new diesel engine joining the line-up alongside the extensively upgraded petrol engines already available for the Mini, Mini Clubman and Mini Convertible. The new Mini Cooper D (82 kW/112 hp) set a new benchmark in efficiency with average fuel consumption of 3.8 litres per 100 kilometres (74.3 mpg imperial) in the EU5 test cycle and CO2 emissions of 99 g/km.

The modified design of the Mini, Mini Clubman and Mini Convertible showcases the sporting potential of the three models through a number of details. At the same time, a selection of clever touches, together with new wheel variants, paint finishes and optional extras, accentuate both the elegance and 'character' of the Mini range. The new geometry of the front bumper on each model allows them to meet increasingly stringent pedestrian protection requirements even more effectively. All models come with LEDs for the rear lights and brake lights, as well as the dynamic brake light function.

Inside the cars, the newly designed controls for the audio and air conditioning systems ensure optimised functionality and ergonomics. The cutting-edge exclusivity of the interior is further underlined by harmonious colours and quality materials. The model-specific selection of seat upholstery, trim elements and Colour Lines has also been updated.

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An array of new exterior paint finishes and wheel designs is available for the Mini, Mini Clubman and Mini Convertible to complement their refreshed styling. Chili Red is now available – exclusively for the Mini John Cooper Works and Mini John Cooper Works Clubman – as a contrast colour for the roof and exterior mirror caps. Meanwhile, three “design worlds” – Rally, Classic and Scene – have been introduced to underpin configurations tailored to the customer’s personal style. Each comprises a carefully coordinated combination of body paint finish, roof colour, wheel design, upholstery, trim elements, Colour Line and other visual features. The design worlds represent a recommendation from the Mini design team and lend the car a coherent 'character'. Additional customisation can be achieved by varying the individual components of each design world and by adding further equipment items and accessories to the mix.

All models come with innovative equipment features aimed at enhancing comfort, safety and the trademark Mini 'personality'. For example, the optional xenon headlights can be ordered with black headlight reflectors or the Adaptive Headlights function, while an automatic dimming function is available for both the rear-view and exterior mirrors, and the optional ambient lighting uses a trio of LEDs to provide a broad spectrum of colour. The Mini Clubman is now fitted with a new retractable roller-type luggage compartment cover.

The Australian release date will be confirmed at a later time. Stay tuned to Next Car for details.


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