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Mini has facelifted four of its key models for 2021, giving the cars a more modern look and new interior technology.

Updates apply to the brand’s three- and five-door Hatch, Electric supermini and Convertible, all of which are produced at the brand’s plant in Oxford.

Most notable of all the changes is a striking new front-end design, which incorporates a larger hexagonal grille, meanwhile the traditionally circular sidelights have been replaced by new vertical strips. New gloss black styling is used throughout, while three new colours are available – Rooftop Grey, Island Blue and Zesty Yellow, the latter bright shade being reserved for the drop-top.

Five new alloy wheel designs are also available, while there’s a snazzy ‘Multitone Roof’ on offer – offering a gradient-like pattern.

In the cabin, a five-inch digital dial display is included across all versions (previously it only came with the Electric), while the touchscreen size has been increased to 8.8 inches, while also using a new operating system. New interior mood lighting is on offer, with ‘Lounge’ and ‘Sport’ settings offering different ambiances.

Engine choice remains the same as before, with a 1.5-litre petrol available with either 101bhp or 134bhp, while a more powerful 2.0-litre unit comes with outputs of 175bhp or 228bhp. Meanwhile the Electric model continues to use an electric motor producing 181bhp and a 32.6kWh battery – allowing for a 145-mile range.

Three main grades continue to be offered – Classic, Sport and Exclusive – with standard kit being improved. For example, Sport versions now feature a new adaptive suspension system, while the high-spec Exclusive benefits from rear parking sensors and new configurable driving modes.

There has been a slight increase in prices, with three- and five-door Hatch models now starting from £16,045 and £16,745 respectively. The Convertible range begins at £20,705, while the electric model costs from £24,920, once the government grant of £3,000 has been deducted from the price. Order books are now open with first deliveries expected in spring.

Ted Welford

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January 27, 2021