Mini Models Getting DCT In 2018

21 December 2017 - motor1

Mini Models Getting DCT In 2018

There's also a new gearshift in the cabin.

Next year, many Mini buyers in Europe will be able to order spec their vehicle with a new seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The new gearbox won't be available to customers in North America quite so soon, though.

The seven-speed DCT will be an option on the three- and five-door variants of the Mini Hardtop and on the Convertible and production will begin in March 2018. Mini models with the gearbox will also have a new, static gear selector. Rather than physically moving between selections, it rocks back and forth to pick Drive, Neutral, and Reverse. A physical button puts the vehicle into park. Moving the shifter to the left while in Drive activates the Sport mode, which holds gears longer.

The new transmission is quite a sophisticated unit because it can decide when to shift based on navigation data if the model has that option. Plus, the gearbox uses a bevy of sensors to choose when is the right time to activate the engine start/stop function and coasting functions.

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