BMW has put a hexagonal grille on the new Mini Cooper
Facelifted Mini features a big grille which makes it “even more modern"
The Mini Cooper has got a facelift and straightaway we have an elephant in the room - *that* big hexagonal grille. It seems that BMW designers simply can't stop putting weird grilles on their cars and bikes.
Mini claims that the new exterior design language makes "the unmistakable appearance of the MINI in a decidedly purist light". Hmmm
Enough whining about the grille, let's talk about the other changes.
Inside you will find an 8.8-inch touchscreen, new ambient lighting, Light Chequered cloth seating and a brand new leather steering wheel.
The Mini has also got new Google-eyed headlights, air intakes, multi-tone gradient roof and the new hexagonal grille that makes the hatchback look "more modern, fresher and clearer", according to Oliver Heilmer, Head of MINI Design.
The new Mini has the same turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder on offer which produces 134 horsepower and 220 newton-meters. There is an option of a six-speed manual and seven speed automatic gearbox.
Funky new alloy wheels and three new colors - Grey metallic, Island Blue metallic and Zesty Yellow - are also added to the Mini.
The S version now produces 189 horsepower and 281 nm of torque from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine while the electric Cooper has 184 horsepower and 366 nm of torque available along with 110 miles (177 kilometers) of estimated range.
Want to buy one? Then you will have to pay £16,045 for a 3-door Mini, £16,800 for the 5-door Mini, £20,705 for the convertible and £27,920 for the electric variant.