The wraps have come off the 2019 Mini 2- and 4-door Hardtop and Convertible models, which are slated to be shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Micah Muzio got a preview of the updates to this iconic compact in the Video First Look.

2019 Mini First Look Video Transcript

For driving fun in a compact package it's hard to top the Mini Cooper but Mini is going to try with the 2019 hardtop and convertible. Mini was kind enough to give us an early look and even though the 2019 models are barely distinguishable from the 2018s there are some notable details.

For one, these optional LED headlights inspired by the Mini Electric concept sure they look great but they also come paired with special LED taillights inspired by the Mini Superleggera concept. I can imagine buyers choosing the LED headlight option just to get these Superleggera-inspired taillights. Buy recklessly, your Mini will look cooler.

Another neat addition for 2019 is the ability to add custom 3D-printed parts to your Mini. Mini has always played up the customizability of the Mini Cooper and they're really taking that to a new extreme for 2019 with this 3D printing. You can get a custom side marker. This one says Alec I'm assuming for Alec Issigonis which I may have mispronounced but he's the father of Mini. I would probably get Micah "funky muffin" Muzio, so that one's taken, but you can use your own creativity to come up with something cool. You can also customize this element right here, which looks like a Union Jack, but you can change that pattern the light illuminates through it at nighttime. But it is daytime so you'll have to trust me.

Rounding out the 2019 updates are new wheels, new exterior colors, updated Mini logos throughout, a new optional 8.8-inch navigation system with Apple CarPlay, and a newly standard intelligent emergency calling feature that alerts the authorities if you're in a crash. If the updated hardtop and convertible strike your fancy you can find them in dealerships in the spring of 2018 but right now it's still secret and there's a bunch of tourists coming in so we've got them covered up. Oh, I should hide that.

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