Why MINI Replaced Adaptive Xenons with LED Cornering Lights

One of the many questions we asked MINI this week at the F56 launch was about the new LED lights. At $750, they’re an exceptional value considering their performance over the xenons. Yet the LED can’t swivel into corners like the Xenons can because of the design of the unit itself. So instead of making the lights more complicated, MINI solved the problem like a rally mechanic would: they added more lights.

Using what they call cornering lights, MINI has created a system that, aligned with the steering angle, turns on additional lights to illuminate corners with the same results as the previous adaptive swiveling system. We didn’t get a chance to test this new set-up at launch, but we were assured by MINI engineers that it’s as effective as the previous adaptive system.