September 14th, 2017 by

MINI has unveiled its planned changes for the 2018 model lineup, and out of all the new information one thing is clear: the upcoming versions of the Clubman, Hardtop, and Countryman are even more fantastic deals than ever! Let’s take a look at each model and how it’s different for 2018.

Known for its iconic split rear doors, the Clubman is a long-bodied five-seat MINI vehicle, and currently the largest that the automaker offers. Depending on the trim level, the Clubman can be a suave commuter car or one of two sporty trim levels, each with their own powertrains.

For 2018, the MINI Clubman will now offer Apple Carplay with the available Technology package. This system is akin to Android Auto, but for Apple devices. Any iPod, iPhone, or other up-to-date Apple device can sync with the Clubman’s central infotainment touchscreen. This means users can use the apps and settings of their own device, with no obligation to use the apps native to the touchscreen system.

The Hardtop 2 Door mixes a compact coupe performance with unmistakable style and remarkable customization potential. Either the base engine or the Cooper S 2.0-liter four-cylinder are solid choices that will keep the model on pace with other 2018 vehicles.

For those who travel with passengers often, the 4 Door is a great alternative that makes getting in and out simpler for those in the rear. The 4 Door received the main updates for 2018, including removed rear side door sills.

The current 2017 MINI Countryman serves as a more family suited alternative to the Hatchback, with generous cargo space and passenger interior volume. It was made longer and wider than its past model from 2016, and given a refresh both throughout the cabin and under the hood.

Just like the Clubman, the 2018 Countryman will also offer Apple Carplay with its Technology package. If you were hesitant to try a MINI due to the lack of this feature, it’s worth it to test drive a new Countryman and feel the different it makes in daily convenience.

On top of the updates that makes these three models noteworthy, there will also be some changes across the board for 2018. For example, both a rearview backup camera and rear parking sensors will be standard among all 2018 MINI vehicles. The head-up display controls were optimized, as well as the controls for switching driving modes. The optional navigation system now includes Attentiveness Assistant, which recognizes the behavior of a drowsy or distracted driver and warns them to consider taking a break. A few more colors are freely available as well.

These luxurious and reasonably sized cars will be worth a test drive once they reach our lot. Check our inventory regularly to see what’s new, and be sure to contact us when you see a model you like. There’s no telling how long a model will stay in our inventory, and demand will be strong when these models make their debut.

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