Back in 2014, the Mini Cooper went through a full redesign, however you might not have actually discovered it without a measuring tape. Then, in 2017, it received a moderate name change to the Mini Hardtop. Now, with the 2019 model year approaching, it’s time to find out exactly what’s new.
2019 MINI Hardtop Exterior
The 2019 Mini Hardtop’s exterior remains the very same basic shape, however it’s the slight tweaks to the headlights and taillights that set it apart. The Hardtop’s standard halogen headlights will now feature a black accent panel to set the off a bit, while the optional LED lights will boast revised signature lighting– A.K.A driving lights. Around back, the LED taillights are styled to simulate the Union Jack. Buyers can also choose from 3 new paint colors: Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metal. Finally, there are brand-new piano black accents readily available on the headlight surrounds, taillights, and grille.
2019 MINI Hardtop Interior and Features
The features list also undergoes a mild shuffle, including freshly basic Bluetooth connectivity, and readily available multifunction steering wheel and radio with 6.5-inch screen and USB input. Optionally, purchasers can go for the larger 8.8-inch screen with navigation and a brand-new user interface. Inside, purchasers will be treated to a wider selection of seating surface areas, like Malt Brown Chesterfield Leather upholstery. Buyers can also go with piano black interior trim.
2019 MINI Hardtop Engine
In the powertrain department, we expect no changes. Look for the base Hardtop to get here with a basic 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine with 134 horse power and 162 pound-feet of torque. Optionally, purchasers can choose the Cooper S and get a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Lastly, the Hardtop John Cooper Works coming in with a 2.0-liter engine with 228 ho and 236 lb-ft of torque.
While the Mini Hardtop aced all the IIHS’ crash tests, it absolutely flubbed the headlight test, earning a “Poor” ranking. This dropped it out ot being a Top Safety Pick. With no big changes to the function of the headlights, we do not expect any changes here.
2019 MINI Hardtop Pricing & Release Date
There is no official statement regarding when we ought to anticipate to see the 2019 Mini Hardtop. As for rates, we anticipate it to remain similar to the 2018 model, which runs from $23,700 to $34,150 (destination fees included). The key rivals for the 2019 Mini Hardtop consist of the Ford Fiesta, Fiat 500, and Volkswagen GTI.