NEWS ➤ Upgrades for 2019 MINI John Cooper Works
By Wayne Gorrett
MINI has tweaked its range-topping John Cooper Works Hatch and Convertible for 2019, to make them not only quicker and better looking but, with the addition of a particulate filter integrated into the sports exhaust system to meet European emissions, are cleaner, too.
Fortunately, improved efficiency doesn’t always equate to less power. Even with a respectable 40.9mpg with a manual and as much as 46.3mpg with the automatic, the upgraded MINI JCW maintains its ‘distinctively sporty sound and characteristics’, says the Oxford-based manufacturer.
The MINI John Cooper Works still produces 228hp and 319Nm of torque courtesy of a turbocharged 2.0-litre, inline-four engine. Buyers can choose from either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic in both body styles and, no matter which gearbox you choose, the MINI JCW Hatch is good for a 0-60mph sprint in the low six-second mark. The Convertible shaves about 0.3 seconds off that time.
Both the HATCH and Convertible will be equipped with particulate filters from March 2019 production. With this, all of MINI’s petrol models now feature particulate filters as part of their exhaust technology, therefore reducing particulate matter emissions across the MINI range.
The PF is integrated into the standard sports exhaust system, ensuring both models enjoy a characteristic sound inside and out, while also meeting the strict Euro 6d-TEMP emission standard.
Most of the major updates are under the bonnet, but there is one thing that has changed on the exterior. It adopts the Union Jack tail lights first shown on the standard MINI Hatch last year. Buyers can also choose from high-gloss headlights and a MINI logo puddle lamp.
Inside, goodies such as a wireless charging pad and updates to the infotainment system make this MINI JCW a bit more tech-friendly than the previous model.
Orders for the new MINI John Cooper Works Hatch and Convertible open on the 18th of January 2019 and first UK deliveries may be expected during March.
➤ Call and have a chat with our friendly Customer Service Team on 01565 65 66 66 to register your interest in the 2019 MINI John Cooper Works Hatch or Convertible.