Back in 2014, the Mini Cooper underwent a complete redesign, however you might not have seen it without a tape measure. Then, in 2017, it received a mild name change to the Mini Hardtop. Now, with the 2019 model year approaching, it’s time to find out what’s brand-new.
2019 MINI Hardtop Exterior
The 2019 Mini Hardtop’s exterior remains the same general shape, however it’s the small tweaks to the headlights and taillights that set it apart. The Hardtop’s basic 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 mimic the Union Jack. Buyers can also select from 3 new paint colors: Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metal, and Solaris Orange metal. Lastly, there are brand-new piano black accents offered on the headlight surrounds, taillights, and grille.
2019 MINI Hardtop Interior and Features
The features list likewise undergoes a mild shuffle, consisting of freshly standard Bluetooth connectivity, and readily available multifunction steering wheel and radio with 6.5-inch screen and USB input. Optionally, purchasers can choose the larger 8.8-inch screen with navigation and a brand-new user interface. Inside, purchasers will be dealt with to a broader 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. Try to find the base Hardtop to show up with a standard 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine with 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. Optionally, purchasers can opt for 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, making a “Poor” score. This dropped it out ot being a Top Safety Pick. With no big changes to the function of the headlights, we don’t expect any changes here.
2019 MINI Hardtop Pricing & Release Date
There is no official announcement as to when we should anticipate to see the 2019 Mini Hardtop. When it comes to pricing, we expect it to stay similar to the 2018 model, which runs from $23,700 to $34,150 (destination fees consisted of). The key rivals for the 2019 Mini Hardtop consist of the Ford Fiesta, Fiat 500, and Volkswagen GTI.