To mark six decades since the launch of the original Mini, the BMW-backed brand has revealed a special new model ... and it’s already confirmed for South Africa.
Set to arrive on local shores in June 2019, the Mini 60 Years Edition will be offered in three- and five-door guise, each with two engine variants (the Cooper with its 100 kW 1,5-litre three-cylinder engine and the Cooper S with its 141 kW 2,0-litre four-banger).
While the press images you see here show the model finished in a classic British racing green hue, it will also be offered in Midnight Black metallic, Moonwalk Grey metallic, Melting Silver metallic and “Mini Yours” Lapisluxury Blue non-metallic. Each body colour can be combined a white or black roof, with the side-mirror caps finished in the same hue.
Bonnet stripes (with a “specific anniversary design”) and fresh 17-inch light alloy wheels round off the exterior updates. The “60 Years” logo appears not only on the left-side bonnet stripe but also on the side scuttles of the turn indicators and on the door-sill finishers.
Inside, the logo is repeated on various model-specific interior trim finishers, the front headrests and the steering wheel, as well as in the LED projection function which becomes visible when the driver's door is opened. The sports seats, meanwhile, are finished in “Mini Yours Leather Lounge 60 Years” in a dark maroon colour.
The special edition vehicles also feature the “60 Years Chili” equipment package as well as items such as LED headlamps, LED foglamps, white turn indicators and LED taillamps in the Union Jack design.
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