Back in 2014, the Mini Cooper went through a complete redesign, however you may not have noticed it without a measuring tape. Then, in 2017, it got a moderate name change to the Mini Hardtop. Now, with the 2019 model year approaching, it’s time to learn what’s new.
2019 MINI Hardtop Exterior
The 2019 Mini Hardtop’s exterior stays the very same basic shape, however it’s the minor 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 modified signature lighting– A.K.A driving lights.
Around back, the LED taillights are styled to simulate the Union Jack. Buyers can also select from three new paint colors: Emerald Grey metal, Starlight Blue metal, and Solaris Orange metal. Lastly, there are new piano black accents available on the headlight surrounds, taillights, and grille.
2019 MINI Hardtop Interior and Features
The features list also undergoes a moderate 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 opt for the bigger 8.8-inch screen with navigation and a new interface. Inside, buyers will be dealt with to a wider selection of seating surface areas, like Malt Brown Chesterfield Leather upholstery. Purchasers can also opt for 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 go for the Cooper S and get a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Finally, 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 completely flubbed the headlight test, earning a “Poor” ranking. This dropped it out ot being a Top Safety Pick. Without any big changes to the function of the headlights, we don’t anticipate any changes here.
2019 MINI Hardtop Pricing & Release Date
There is no main statement regarding when we must expect to see the 2019 Mini Hardtop. When it comes to pricing, we anticipate it to stay similar to the 2018 model, which runs from $23,700 to $34,150 (destination costs included). The essential competitors for the 2019 Mini Hardtop include the Ford Fiesta, Fiat 500, and Volkswagen GTI.