TWO decades since the launch of what its' makers choose to call the ‘modern' MINI, the MINI 3-Door Hatch, the MINI Electric, the MINI 5-Door Hatch and the MINI Convertible have been given design and technology updates, to fit in with the rest of the MINI family.
There's also a new limited edition Electric Collection version of the MINI Electric with just 300 examples available.
The front-view of the latest models is dominated by a larger radiator grille with a black, hexagonal surround, and the hallmark round MINI headlights which now have black inner housings. The position lights have been replaced by vertical air inlets to optimise aerodynamics and the central bumper strip is now in body colour, rather than black.
The wheel arches have new contours, the side indicators have been redesigned to feature LED technology and, at the back of the car, the fog light is now integrated into the rear apron as a narrow LED unit.
The redesigned interior features an 8.8-inch colour touchscreen display and piano black high-gloss surfaces while the audio control unit and function buttons for hazard warning lights and driver assistance systems are integrated into the circular control unit.
Chrome elements have been significantly reduced throughout the interior with the two outer air outlets framed by black panels. The internal air vents have been completely redesigned and are now embedded to be flush with the interior surface.
There's a newly-designed sports leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons while the keypads for the audio and telephone functions, voice control and driver assistance systems have been restructured to optimise their operation.
The digital display behind the steering wheel, already offered on the MINI John Cooper Works GP and MINI Electric, is now offered as standard. The display has a five-inch diameter and shows key driving information, check-control messages and status displays of the driver assistance systems. In the MINI Electric, it also serves as a charging status indicator while connected to the power grid.
Prices for the new range start at £16,045 for the three door hatch with the five door costing an extra £700. The latest MINI Convertible is priced from £20,705 while the MINI Electric costs from £27,920.
The new Electric Collection limited edition, however, will set you back Â£36,420, but it's a fixed specification model and is the only way potential buyers can specify new exterior paint choices on a MINI Electric.
Based on the Level 3 model, it can be ordered in either Island Blue or Rooftop Grey and comes with Multitone Roof, black mirror caps, Piano Black Exterior and 17-inch Electric Collection Spoke wheels, alongside model-exclusive exterior graphics. It also features unique door entry strips and steering wheel badging, aluminium Interior trim and a panoramic glass sunroof can be specified as a no-cost option.