New MINI trim levels: Classic, Sport and Exclusive added to range
Shakeup of MINI's model range to make line-up easier to understand
MINI is changing the structure of its model range, with the introduction of three core trim levels called Classic, Sport and Exclusive. The new line-up will debut in November.
The MINI range comprises the MINI Hatchback in three and five-door form, the MINI Convertible, MINI Clubman estate and MINI Countryman SUV. All five models continue, but the new trim levels aim to give greater flexibility when buyers order a new car.
As before, the engine range consists of a 101bhp 1.5-litre petrol named One, the 134bhp 1.5-litre Cooper petrol, 148bhp 2.0-litre Cooper D diesel and 189bhp Cooper S petrol. You can choose these engines across most models in the range, specifying Classic, Sport or Exclusive trim.
The former Chili and Pepper packs – fixtures on the options list since the MINI first appeared in 2002 – have been discontinued, with much of their content now standard. Meanwhile, the MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid remains on sale as a separate model in its own right.
MINI Classic, Sport and Exclusive trim levels
By introducing three standard trim levels, each MINI now has a higher specification that's consistent across the range. Entry-level Classic trim brings a 6.5-inch infotainment system, DAB radio and Bluetooth, as well as ambient interior lighting, automatic headlights with rain sensor, and the finishing touch of MINI logo projectors under the doors. The 1.5-litre One engine is only available with Classic trim.
An upgrade to Sport adds a John Cooper Works bodykit with rear spoiler, stiffer sports suspension, a dark anthracite interior headlining and John Cooper Works alloy wheels, sports seats and steering wheel. The Sport pack can only be chosen with the Cooper petrol, Cooper D diesel or Cooper S petrol engine.
Exclusive presents an alternative to Sport at the same price, but with the focus on comfort and style rather than sportiness. It brings an indulgent MINI Yours 'lounge' leather interior with matching leather steering wheel and is distinguished outside by chrome exterior trim and 'exclusive' alloy wheels. Like the Sport, Exclusive is available only with the Cooper petrol, Cooper D diesel and Cooper S petrol engines.
As before, personalisation is a big part of the MINI identity, and additional packs can be added to the various trim levels. The Comfort pack, for instance, adds rear parking sensors, heated front seats and climate control, while the Comfort Plus pack adds front parking sensors, a rear-view camera and folding, dimming interior and exterior mirrors.
There are countless other individual offers, too, with additional safety, technology and style features on the options list to make your MINI truly individual.
MINI trim level prices
The new model line-up brings a very small increase in price – the MINI One Classic starts at £16,190 – an increase of £285 against the former MINI One. Sport and Exclusive models start at £20,230 for the three-door hatchback Cooper.