Mini update on the way
30th June, 2010
Mini is giving its model line-up fresh impetus to
continue its history of competitiveness in the small car segment with design modifications, a new
diesel engine and new equipment features. The changes introduced for the Mini, Mini Clubman and Mini
Convertible underpin both the 'character' of the brand and its position in the marketplace of each
individual model in terms of driving and efficiency. The range of typically Mini customisation
options available for the cars – which are each built according to customer specifications – is more
appealing and extensive than ever.
The global market launch on 18th September 2010 will see a new diesel engine joining the
line-up alongside the extensively upgraded petrol engines already available for the Mini, Mini
Clubman and Mini Convertible. The new Mini Cooper D (82 kW/112 hp) set a new benchmark in efficiency
with average fuel consumption of 3.8 litres per 100 kilometres (74.3 mpg imperial) in the EU5 test
cycle and CO2 emissions of 99 g/km.
The modified design of the Mini, Mini Clubman and Mini Convertible showcases the sporting
potential of the three models through a number of details. At the same time, a selection of clever
touches, together with new wheel variants, paint finishes and optional extras, accentuate both the
elegance and 'character' of the Mini range. The new geometry of the front bumper on each model
allows them to meet increasingly stringent pedestrian protection requirements even more effectively.
All models come with LEDs for the rear lights and brake lights, as well as the dynamic brake light
Inside the cars, the newly designed controls for the audio and air conditioning systems ensure
optimised functionality and ergonomics. The cutting-edge exclusivity of the interior is further
underlined by harmonious colours and quality materials. The model-specific selection of seat
upholstery, trim elements and Colour Lines has also been updated.
An array of new exterior paint finishes and wheel designs is available for the Mini, Mini
Clubman and Mini Convertible to complement their refreshed styling. Chili Red is now available –
exclusively for the Mini John Cooper Works and Mini John Cooper Works Clubman – as a contrast
colour for the roof and exterior mirror caps. Meanwhile, three “design worlds” – Rally, Classic
and Scene – have been introduced to underpin configurations tailored to the customer’s personal
style. Each comprises a carefully coordinated combination of body paint finish, roof colour,
wheel design, upholstery, trim elements, Colour Line and other visual features. The design worlds
represent a recommendation from the Mini design team and lend the car a coherent 'character'.
Additional customisation can be achieved by varying the individual components of each design
world and by adding further equipment items and accessories to the mix.
All models come with innovative equipment features aimed at enhancing comfort, safety and the
trademark Mini 'personality'. For example, the optional xenon headlights can be ordered with
black headlight reflectors or the Adaptive Headlights function, while an automatic dimming
function is available for both the rear-view and exterior mirrors, and the optional ambient
lighting uses a trio of LEDs to provide a broad spectrum of colour. The Mini Clubman is now fitted
with a new retractable roller-type luggage compartment cover.
The Australian release date will be confirmed at a later time. Stay tuned to Next Car