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2018 mini refresh looks to be less visual than expected

We’ve been reporting on the upcoming 2018 MINI refresh for well over a year but until now we’ve seen no visual evidence of it. Today that changes. The website Motor1 has a few photos showing a Cooper S with what appears to be camouflaged from and rear lighting only.

We had heard previously that MINI had planned to redesign the from and rear bumpers of the F56 specifically along with the entire MINI family getting revised lighting all the way around. Based on these photos it would appear MINI has gone a more conservative focusing on restyling front and rear lights.

Beyond these relatively minor exterior changes, MINI has plans for some substantial mechanical revisions across the line-up. New navigation system, engines and a revised design are all on tap as MINI looks to inject new life into the brand’s core models. What will they look like and when is it happening? Read on.

MINI (and BMW) have a seven year model cycle with a refresh typically 3-4 years into that so this is a long expected nip and tuck. In BMW speak this typer of refresh is called an LCI which stands for (awkwardly) life cycle impulse. LCIs can range from light (the 2015 R60 Countryman) to expansive (the 2005 R50/R53). We believe that MINI’s refresh will fall somewhere in the middle. Here’s what we know.

http://www.motoringfile.com/2017/04/...sual-expected/
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I'm surprised they will be going with a brand new power plant in the car (considering they just had issues with the bearings on the F gen).
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It won't be all new, rather some tweaks to the existing engines to net more output at a higher efficiency. May still be referred to as a B36/B46

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It won't be all new, rather some tweaks to the existing engines to net more output at a higher efficiency. May still be referred to as a B36/B46
Wait. I thought my engine was a B48. B48A20B to be precise.
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Uke, are you saying you got 1 of them under the hood?



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I don't see a dipstick on that new engine though!
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I don't see a dipstick on that new engine though!
Early reports are that the engine will have a "virtual dipstick" that connects to the internet. You know, the Internet Of Oily Things. To check your oil, simply browse to a (malware-infected) web page and wait 15 minutes. For an additional $250 MINI will provide a phone app that will browse the oil site for you and report. But only if connected with USB.
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with LCI, don't be surprised if there is ANOTHER price INCREASE ?

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Uke, are you saying you got 1 of them under the hood?
LOL what a cool, funky retro airplane.
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Wait. I thought my engine was a B48. B48A20B to be precise.
May be... US MINI Cooper S have the B46 which is the SULEV version of the B48. It's complicated lol

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...But only if connected with USB.
I heard it was a serial cable...
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