Starting this summer, the 2018 model year MINI range is available in dealerships around the world. In the US, the entire line-up will gain a couple more standard features, depending on the model you choose. However, all cars will be fitted with rear view cameras and parking sensors from now on, as a no-cost, standard option. The move will surely be appreciated by MINI fans around the world, as visibility through the rear window, especially in the Hardtop and Clubman models, is not among the best in the industry.
The new MINI models will also come with updated price tags that are already visible on the MINI configurator. The MINI Hardtop 2 Door model is the cheapest you can get, prices kicking off at $21,600 for the Cooper version, followed by the Cooper S with a price tag of $25,200 and the JCW version at $31,800. For $1,000 you get two extra doors as the Hardtop 4-door in Cooper and Cooper S guises start at $22,600 and $26,200 respectively.
If you’re interested in the newest kid on the MINI block, the Countryman, prices for the Cooper version kick off at $26,600, going up to $31,200 for the Cooper S. You get more choices for the SAV as ALL4 all-wheel drive will cost an additional $2,000 on any model within the range. The eco-friendly version, Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 PHEV will set you back $36,800, saving you money whenever you stop at the gas station at the same time.
Among the updates you’ll find once you climb aboard a 2018 model, you’ll notice the new fuel level gauge that is now a lot easier to read, as well as other small upgrades we already covered. As far as the optional features go, Apple CarPlay will be part of the Technology Package (ZTP) in the Clubman and Countryman. Apple CarPlay will allow owners to use many of their iPhone features and Apple’s familiar user interface on the car’s in-dash screen, without having to plug it in. This is a first for the industry, the BMW Group being the first manufacturer to offer wireless CarPlay connectivity.