The 2016 version of the Mini Seven will make world premiere at the historic Goodwood Festival of Speed on 23rd June before hitting the UK market later in the year. It will adorn the Mini hatchback range with two-door, three-door and five-door body styles and pays tribute to the late ‘50s legendary Austin Seven.
It gets revised exterior and modifications to the interior with more standard features than the regular model. The Mini Seven will be offered in Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper D or Cooper SD versions. The exterior changes are the addition of exclusive bonnet stripes, bigger badges, 17-inch standard alloy wheels, contrast wing mirror caps and roof colouring, choice of four colour schemes, etc.
The bespoke optional Chili pack, unique to the Seven range, will come equipped with satellite navigation, leather upholstery, leather wrapped multifunctional steering wheel with mounted controls, sporty bucket seats, premium Harmon or Kardon audio and Comfort Access, LED headlamps, cruise control with automatic braking technology, panaromic sunroof and so on.
The latest 6.5-inch touchscreen system will be available as standard and it possesses Mini Connected wireless phone connectivity, Bluetooth and USB functions. The other mention-worthy features are floor mats specific to Seven series and dual-zone automatic Air Conditioning system.
The vibrant British manufacturer owned by BMW will also reveal the all-new John Cooper Works Challenge Edition at 2016 GFOS. It will take on the famous 1.87 kilometre Hillclimb course race in the First Glance category among some of the fierce competitors. The brand will introduce its new ambassador Charlie Butler-Henderson in the decorated event as part of the centenary celebrations.
Mini UK Motorsport ambassador and racer Harry Hunt who drove the ALL4 racing machine to 10th position in this year’s gruelling Dakar Rally will also be present. With the bookings already open, the Mini Seven will have a starting price of £18,545 (Rs. 18.14 lakh) for three-door models and £19,145 (Rs. 18.72 lakh) for five-door versions. Customers will have to pay £21,465 (Rs. 20.99 lakh) for three-door and five-door variants of the Cooper. Deliveries are expected to commence in the third quarter of this year.