Mini is freshening its core small cars with updated design elements, new technology and expanded digital services.
The 2019 models of the Mini Hardtop 2 Door, Mini Hardtop 4 Door and Mini Convertible will go on sale in the U.S. market in late March or early April, a spokesman for the automaker said. Mini did not announce pricing for the 2019 models.
The vehicles carry a modified version of Mini's characteristic circular headlights. The rear lights, when paired with optional LED headlights, feature a new Union Jack design to evoke the look of the British flag. New exterior paint colors and wheel designs are available. The updated models also will carry Mini's new logo -- a two-dimensional or "flat" re-interpretation of the brand's existing logo.
On the interior, new seat materials and other new surface trims are available. A new 6.5-inch instrument panel display is standard with a new 8.8-inch touchscreen display available as an option. Mini says the vehicles have a better user interface with Bluetooth mobile phone integration and support for Bluetooth audio streaming.
The three vehicles also include a wireless charging option.
For the first time, the Hardtop models are available with a Mini logo projection feature that projects the logo on the ground when the vehicle is opened and closed.
Through its Mini Connected program, the brand is adding a range of digital services to the vehicles. New features include advanced real-time traffic information with 4G LTE connectivity, support for Apple CarPlay and other connected services. For instance, drivers using the personal mobility assistant feature available through the Mini Connected smartphone app can link calendar entries to the car's navigation system for route planning, including departure alerts, using real-time traffic data.