MINI Cooper Four-Door Refresh Spied Testing With Minimal Camouflage

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The 2018 MINI Cooper is set to receive minor styling changes.

Earlier this year, spy photographers caught the two-door model and convertible testing, and now we have photos of the four-door hatchback with similar changes. The little amount of camouflage being used on the prototype indicates changes won’t be significant as part of the refresh, at least not for the exterior. Expect to see small updates around the lights front and back, with the rear tail lights getting the Union Jack lighting signature first seen on the John Cooper Works GP Concept.

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There will be changes under the hood however, with MINI updating the powertrain to increase fuel economy and performance. Our spy photographers say a revised turbo system is part of the refresh, with the exhaust manifold and turbocharger housed together in the cylinder head, rather than being separate. In addition, the turbocharger casing for the three-cylinder engine is switching to aluminum, while the four-cylinder engines will feature steel casings. There should also be a upgraded cooling system that will help reduce CO2 output.

Rumors suggest a dual-clutch transmission could be heading to the 2018 MINI Cooper as an option as well. Expect to see new colors being added to the lineup, along with new wheel designs.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Rick45x8 Rick45x8 on Nov 20, 2017

    Nowhere to go but up, for one of the ugliest cars on the road.

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    • Red Merle Red Merle on Dec 26, 2017

      Rick has a point, this is not a good looking car. As a separate point, I can not imagine any useful development data that could be gained by driving a very lightly face-lifted car around on public roads under "disguise", though it does seem to be a popular way for manufacturers to generate free column inches in social media for something which, in this case, would otherwise have gone largely unnoticed. If these are publicity stunts, I'd like to see this driver pulled over for deliberately obscuring his tail lamps and causing a potential hazard!