The Mini range has been revamped in the name of pure lines. The restyling involves all the British brand’s most compact versions: three-door, electric, convertible and five-door. “The new Mini design is more modern, fresh and clean,” said Oliver Heilmer, head of Mini design. “All the innovations follow a common mission: to simplify this iconic car. Less complexity, more individuality.

The new exterior design choices redesign the unmistakable look of the Mini in a decidedly purist way. The front view expresses the change well: the new radiator grille dominates the scene here, its hexagonal surround now taking up much more space than before, all framed by the typical round Mini headlights. The sidelights have been replaced by outward-facing vertical air intakes, which cut through the air to optimise aerodynamics. The central bumper strip, which is now also a number plate holder, is now in body colour instead of black.

Mini’s signature proportions and short overhangs continue to define the side view with particularly eye-catching elements such as new wheel arch contours. It is also the debut of the multi-colour roof: “The new Multitone Roof is not only the most expressive form of contrasting paintwork ever, but also takes the brand’s customisation options to a new level,” Oliver Heilmer continues. The rear light graphics, inspired by the British flag, are particularly emphasised by a darker version of the pattern.

The interior update is mainly in the tech vein and involves the 8.8-inch colour touchscreen display, the screen in front of the driver and touch buttons. Simplification has also been the watchword here: the number of chrome elements has been significantly reduced throughout the interior and the two round exterior air intakes are now framed by black panels. The interior air vents have been completely redesigned and are now recessed to be flush with the surface. New to the range are sports seats in the Light Chequered colour scheme, which complement the exterior paintwork in Zesty Yellow.