Minis get new paint and cleaner, punchier engines

January 15, 2010 | By | In Buying Guides

More powerful, eco-conscious engines join the range, along with trick new body finishes Mini’s new-car line-up gets a refresh for 2010, including new features and tweaked engines. Improved engines appear across the range. The mini First and One get a new 1.6 motor, replacing the 1.4, that has Valvetronic (which improves pulling power and fuel consumption).

The best-selling Mini, the Cooper, gains 3bhp to now produce 122bhp, emits only 127g/km of carbon dioxide and manages a best ovewrall of 52.3mpg.

The Cooper S, too, gets an increase in power and fuel economy and a cut in tailpipe emissions. Power from the 1.6 engine is now at 184bhp, while overall-best fuel economy improves by 3.1mpg to 48.7, while its CO2 rating is 13g/km lower at 136.

New models include a Mini One convertible and the extension of the Graphite special edition to the Clubman and convertible. New ‘Rainbow’ paint finishes will be offered, too, which ‘change’ colour in bright sunlight.

BMW says the changes, on cars sold from March, won’t affect prices. However, they come ahead of a planned facelift for the line-up next autumn.

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