World Premier: 2019 MINI LCI – MINI’s Refresh Begins Here

The 2019 MINI LCI is here with revised lighting, new colors, wheels and updated technology. However what you see above is just the start of a year long refresh that MINI is planning throughout 2018.

Before we get too far into what’s new it’s important to note that there are material differences between what the US is getting in this March LCI and what Europe is getting. Now lets get to the details of what’s coming to the US and what’s not.

MINI is refreshing its core line-up of the F56 hatch, F55 four door, and F57 convertible in relatively light terms with no exterior styling revisions outside of trim, lights, wheels and colors. The DCT transmission (which will replace the six speed torque converter automatic on all non-JCW models) isn’t part of this LCI – yet. We expect the US will get this transmission later this year – likely beginning with July production. We also expect MINI’s revise engine line-up to debut around the same time (if not a few months later) as the 2nd phase the refresh. Those changes are expected to bring greater efficiency and more power (about 4%) across the range.

Now that that’s out of the way let’s focus on what we will see with this March 2018 LCI. Here’s a quick overview of what we’re going to see with the 2019 MINI LCI across the Hardtop 2 Door, Hardtop 4 Door and Convertible:

  • LED rear lights in Union Jack design.
  • New MINI logo
  • New exterior colors: Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metallic
  • Piano Black exterior: headlight surrounds, rear lights and radiator grille finished in high-gloss black
  • New alloy wheels: Roulette Spoke 2-tone, Propeller Spoke 2-tone are now available for all body variants. 17-inch light alloy wheels in Rail Spoke 2-tone are new
  • Extended range of leather trim, interior surfaces and Color Lines.
  • Unique individualization with MINI Yours Customized.
  • Multifunction steering wheel and radio with 6.5-inch colour screen, USB and ? Bluetooth interface as standard.
  • Optional radio and navigation systems with touchscreen monitor.
  • Telephony with wireless charging.
  • MINI Connected and MINI Connected XL with new functions.
  • MINI logo projection from the exterior mirror on the driver’s side.

We’ll have much more on the new 2019 MINI LCI in the coming days. Until then read on for the full press release.

(Official Press Release)

Bright and dazzle-free: LED headlights.

A modified design for the characteristic circular headlights make the hallmark front view of the new MINI Hardtop 2 Door, the new MINI Hardtop 4 Door and the new MINI Convertible even more powerfully expressive. In the standard halogen headlights, a striking accentuation is added by means of a black panel. In the LED headlights available as optional equipment items, the high-quality technology is underscored by means of an entirely newly design of the light sources. The latest generation of the LED modules for low and high beam offers increased brightness. The LED daytime driving light and the turn indicator light are generated by a ring which surrounds the entire contour of the headlight.

Very British: rear lights in Union Jack design.

The rear lights also feature a new design in conjunction with the optional LED headlights. As a clear reference to the brand’s British DNA, the upright light units at the rear of the new MINI Hardtop 2 Door, the new MINI Hardtop 4 Door and the new MINI Convertible now appear in a Union Jack design.

The striking flag motif is recreated in the structure of the light functions. The turn indicators are horizontally arranged and the brake lights are vertically aligned, with the tail light additionally representing the diagonal lines of the British flag. In order to ensure a particularly harmonious lighting effect, all light sources forming the Union Jack graphic use LED technology.

New MINI logo: reduced to the essentials.

The new MINI logo is clear and authentic in style, appearing on the bonnet, tailgate, steering wheel, central instrument display, remote control, and optional driver’s side puddle lighting all models. It is a re-interpretation of the existing logo and now features a two-dimensional “flat design”. As such, the MINI logo reflects the new brand identity with its focus on the essentials – namely key values such as driving fun, distinctive design, premium quality and emotional appeal.

Three new exterior paint colors, premiere for Piano Black Exterior.

The extensive range of exterior paint colors available for the new MINI Hardtop 2 Door, the new MINI Hardtop 4 Door and the new MINI Convertible now adds three variants: Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metallic.

What is more, the list of optional equipment items features an additional means of customizing the exterior design. With the option Piano Black Exterior, the surrounds of the headlights, rear lights and radiator grille are finished in high-gloss black instead of chrome.

The selection of optionally available light alloy wheels has been expanded, too. The 17- inch light alloy wheels in the design styles Roulette Spoke 2-tone and Propeller Spoke 2-tone are now available for all body variants of the new MINI. The likewise 17-inch light alloy wheels in Rail Spoke 2-tone design have also been newly added to the program.

New leather trims, interior surfaces and Color Lines.

A broad selection of seat surfaces, interior surfaces and Color Lines add a touch of individual style to the interior of the new MINI Hardtop 2 Door, the new MINI Hardtop 4 Door and the new MINI Convertible. New features for the MINI Hardtop 2 Door and the MINI Hardtop 4 Door include supple Malt Brown Chesterfield Leather upholstery.

In addition, the new option MINI Yours Interior Style Piano Black with illumination includes a backlit decorative panel on the passenger side of the dashboard, likewise finished in Piano Black as well as bearing a stylised Union Jack motif. The color of the backlighting matches the ambient lighting selected by the driver. This option also adds high-gloss Piano Black surfaces in the area of the doors and center console.

Maximum individualization: MINI Yours Customized.

The MINI Yours Customised program now raises hallmark brand individualization to a whole new level. It includes retrofit products that can be designed by customers themselves, which are then produced precisely according to these individual specifications. The MINI Yours Customised range will include side scuttles, decorative strips for the interior on the passenger side, LED door sill finishers and LED door projectors.

MINI Yours Customised products can be designed and previewed through a specially created Online Customiser. Here customers can choose between various colors, patterns, surface structures and icons, as well as contributing their own texts and adding a touch of personal style to the design. This offering enables MINI fans to turn their vehicle into a unique specimen that bears the stamp of their own personality. The individualized products are manufactured using innovative production techniques such as various 3D printing methods and laser engraving.

New infotainment systems and features

A new 6.5” display is included as standard, and features an updated and optimized user interface, Bluetooth mobile phone integration, and support for Bluetooth audio streaming. In addition, customers can specify a new 8.8” touchscreen navigation system with new user interface and greatly expanded features.

New options: telephony with wireless charging, MINI logo projection.

The innovative optional equipment for the new MINI Hardtop 2 Door, the new MINI Hardtop 4 Door and the new MINI Convertible includes a wireless charging option. A storage compartment integrated in the centre armrest enables wireless charging of mobile phones which offer this capability. This option also adds a second USB port in the front section of the center console. For the first time, the MINI Hardtop 2 Door and MINI Hardtop 4 Door are available with a MINI logo projection feature. When the vehicle is opened and closed, the new MINI logo is projected onto the ground in front of the driver’s side door from a light source in the exterior mirror and can be seen there for 20 seconds, or permanently if the door is left open.

MINI Connected: a range of digital services that is unique within the segment.

With the new MINI Connected functions, MINI offers a diverse range of digital services at premium level that is unique in the small car segment. New features include Advanced Real Time Traffic Information with 4G LTE connectivity, support for Apple CarPlay, Connected Services, and intelligent emergency call.

The personal mobility assistant feature of the MINI Connected smartphone app now enables drivers of the new MINI Hardtop 2 Door, the new MINI Hardtop 4 Door and the new MINI Convertible to integrate their vehicle and mobility planning seamlessly into their day-to-day digital routine. For example, MINI Connected can draw on calendar entries and contact data entered in a smartphone to plan a route and determine the ideal time to set off based on real time traffic data. The Send-to-Car function enables planned routes to be sent to the MINI navigation system, while Remote Services allow the driver not just to display vehicle location, fuel level and other vehicle status details on their digital end device, but also activate the headlight flasher, horn, ventilation and door lock/unlock function.

Intelligent networking of the MINI is via a SIM card integrated in the vehicle: this now complies with the mobile communications standard 4G. It also enables the use of MINI Teleservices and the Intelligent Emergency Call with automatic detection of vehicle location and accident severity.

Services now available in the new MINI Hardtop 2 Door, the new MINI Hardtop 4 Door and the new MINI Convertible for the first time also include MINI Find Mate. This consists of so-called tags with a wireless tracking function that can be attached to frequently used objects and travel items such as bags, cases, key rings and rucksacks. Their position can not only be displayed on the on-board computer but also in the MINI Connected App on a smartphone. In this way, MINI Find Mate helps prevent personal items getting lost or left behind.

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  • About that new MINI logo. They sure didn’t think of how dirt and grit would build up in between those wing slats. How about detailing the car? Imagine trying to clean wax from within those slats?

    • mike

      My thoughts exactly. Also, its not a very good design. Seems unbalanced and thin on the edges. Not a fan at first glance, but then again I’m an R53 fan.. so yeah, we hate change, lol.

      Love the tail lights however! Maybe scaled down some, they still look disproportionately HUGE.

      • ulrichd

        Agree about the size of the tail lights. Maybe the Piano Black trim option on a Black car would be the way to go.

  • one9deuce

    The new Union Jack taillights are awesome! Can’t wait to see them in person. The new headlights are good, the full LED ring is great but the new oblong headlight in the middle looks a bit odd. The new logo is awful. Just absolutely……awful. What is the point of changing the wings into slats? It looks like a double sided hair pick now! WTH MINI?? I’m glad I didn’t wait for the LCI based on the new logo alone.

  • Christopher Johnson

    I really want my next MINI to be a F54 Clubman, but I also love those tail lights. Hopefully, a similarly awesome tail light will grace the Clubman soon.

  • fishbert

    Not a fan of the ring turning orange and becoming the front turn signal (if that’s what the one image is depicting). One of the most annoying things (visually) with so many modern cars out there is the unbalanced “black eye” effect when they turn off their daytime LED to make the turn signal more visible. I’ve really appreciated that my F56 doesn’t do that.

    • It’s way better than the other option which is to turn off the DRL and turn on a separate turn signal (a la Audi etc)

      • fishbert

        Way better? It’s roughly the same effect. Unless it does something completely unexpected, like alternate between white and orange instead of off and orange when the turn signal is active.

        And I would think/hope the “other option” would be to continue doing what they do on the pre-LCI F56 (leave DRL on and turn on a separate turn signal), rather than go the “Audi etc” way.

        • The way many automakers do it (turning off the DRL and turning on a signal elsewhere) creates an odd blank space that looks like a light is out. This doesn’t. In practice (new BMWs have this) is works well.

        • Eric

          Yes way better !! Well done MINI for this

        • fishbert

          Yes, the “black eye” effect I mentioned earlier… and now MINI has it, too.

        • You’re missing the point. That dark space is immediately filled with a blinking light rather than moving (which many cars have).

        • fishbert

          I’m not missing the point; I disagree with your point.

          You’re comparing MINIs to Audis; I’m comparing MINIs to MINIs. You say the turn signal is better than its competitors; I say it’s worse than its predecessor.

          Those are not mutually exclusive points of view, but I do think the latter is more relevant in the context of an article on LCI changes.

        • fishbert

          Gabe, what’s with the insults on the podcast?

          I’ve been nothing but polite and respectful in these comments, but you take to the bully pulpit of White Roof Radio and absurdly mis-characterize my point of criticism (not sure if it was intentional or if you honestly don’t understand what I was saying), then make a personal attack about not being “mentally nimble” enough to understand how the light works? (You do realize that screen cap above is from the LCI video showing the light in action, right?) It was exceedingly rude and uncalled for.

          For as much as the WRR gang talks down about the commenters on Motoringfile, you’re showing yourself to be as bad an actor as any.

        • It was meant to be tongue and cheek. Certainly not an insult. In fact I think I even said later it depends on how you look at it. I didn’t even remember who on MF even brought it up.

  • Creed Cate

    They missed an opportunity to emphasis the premium status with features like heated steering wheels, heated rear seats, ventilated seats (stuff you can get in a kia and honda now) imo. I think this was a nice refresh though, wished for more.

    • Eric

      Such comfort features don’t suit the MINI spirit that is, above all, the driving pleasure

  • Ray Thomas

    Does anyone know if you’ll be able to retrofit the new rear tail lights to a 2016 F56?

  • Sal

    When will the configurator be available. I’m assuming Europe will see it first.

  • Evan Custer

    Any word on the packages available for the 2019 refresh? My MA is saying a number of packages were merged together and the JCW packages were merged into a single one (no interior vs exterior)?

    • Look for a full article on this tomorrow. Huge changes coming.