By Veeno Dewan
MINI – The tiny iconic British premium car with a big personality arrives for 2019 with a few updates that further expand the character and appeal of this timeless jewel of an automobile. The new 2019 update for the MINI 3- door, the MINI 5- door, and the MINI Convertible includes fresh tweaks on the exterior, interior updates, a raft of customization possibilities and a plethora of technology and digital services available as part of the MINI Connected suite.
Exterior changes include: newly designed “ring” headlights and cool-looking LED rear lights with a Union Jack motif, New MINI logo, and new light alloy wheels. There are MINI illuminated puddle lights, and three new exterior paint colors: Piano Black, Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metallic. The interior of the 2019 MINI features new leather trims, interior surfaces and color options. Powertrain options include a 134-hp 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Cooper S models have the 189-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four. Meanwhile the top dog John Cooper Works Hardtop and Convertible offers a 228-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four with a standard six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic.
In addition The MINI Yours Customized program now allows for a buyers to design their own customized individualized equipment to make any MINI, one of kind.
A new service called Mini Find Mate allows owners to tag objects and show their location on a smartphone or the car’s main screen. Other new features include Advanced Real Time Traffic Information with 4G LTE connectivity, support for Apple CarPlay, Connected Services, and intelligent emergency call.
. Beautifully made, with much to commend it, the MINI is a heritage-rich iconic car that will put a smile on your face, every time you see it on the driveway. Full marks and comes highly recommended.
2019 MINI 3-Door base priced from $23,090. Price as tested with options – $25,330.
More info at: www, mini.ca