After catching a glimpse of the lightly updated Mini hatch a month ago, now time has come to check out its convertible counterpart. The changes will be discreet in the extreme, judging by the minimal amount of swirly camouflage slapped onto the body. Up front, the halogen headlights are only partially covered in disguise, which is also applied onto the area around the clusters and above the grille.

Bigger modifications will occur at the rear where the prototype was hiding its taillights underneath stickers to mask what we assume will be fresh graphics. The same two-tone camo can also been seen on the convertible’s boot lid and the bumper, although again, the changes are going to be minuscule.

Expect a similar story on the inside: BMW's latest infotainment systems may debut, along with new colours and trims to further boost the already extensive list of available customisations.

Mini Cooper S facelift spy photo
Mini Cooper S facelift spy photo

Don’t hold your breath for any important changes underneath the bonnet as the Minis will likely soldier on with the same engines, albeit with minor tweaks. Further down the line, a hardcore John Cooper Works GP will be back, but you’ll have to patiently wait for it until around 2019 since it will be a run-out edition like the other two special models before it.

Expect the lightly updated hatch and Convertible to debut over the summer, ahead of an expected public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

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