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2019 MINI Hardtop: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - January 12, 2018
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Model Preview

Back in 2014, the Mini Cooper underwent a full redesign, but you may not have noticed it without a tape measure. Then, in 2017, it received a mild name change to the Mini Hardtop. Now, with the 2019 model year approaching, it’s time to find out what’s new.

The 2019 Mini Hardtop’s exterior remains the same general shape, but it’s the slight 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 revised signature lighting -- A.K.A driving lights.

Around back, the LED taillights are styled to mimic the Union Jack. Buyers can also choose from three new paint colors: Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metallic. Finally, there are new piano black accents available on the headlight surrounds, taillights, and grille.

The features list also undergoes a mild shuffle, including newly standard Bluetooth connectivity, and available multifunction steering wheel and radio with 6.5-inch screen and USB input. Optionally, buyers can go for the larger 8.8-inch screen with navigation and a new user interface.

2019 MINI Hardtop

Inside, buyers will be treated to a wider selection of seating surfaces, like Malt Brown Chesterfield Leather upholstery. Buyers can also opt for piano black interior trim.

In the powertrain department, we expect no changes. Look for the base Hardtop to arrive with a standard 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine with 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. Optionally, buyers 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 rolls 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 totally flubbed the headlight test, earning a “Poor” rating. This dropped it out ot being a Top Safety Pick. With no big changes to the function of the headlights, we don’t expect any changes here.

Pricing & Release Date

There is no official announcement as to when we should expect to see the 2019 Mini Hardtop.

As for pricing, we expect it to remain similar to the 2018 model, which runs from $23,700 to $34,150 (destination fees included).

The key competitors for the 2019 Mini Hardtop include the Ford Fiesta, Fiat 500, and Volkswagen GTI.

Learn about the current Hardtop on sale now »

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2019 MINI Hardtop

2019 MINI Hardtop

2019 MINI Hardtop

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