Much like the MINI hatch, Clubman and convertible MINI will be offering JCW themes exterior and interior packages for both the Cooper and Cooper S. It’s a way for MINI to offering a sportier looking car without making the customer pony up for the full JCW vehicles. More specifically that means JCW aero-kit, JCW wheels and a host of other JCW accoutrement.
The following UK release details these these changes along with some specific UK package updates. While much of it will show up in all markets take note that the packages mentioned in the release such as the Chili package will remain UK specific.
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Official Release: From July 2013, both the MINI Countryman and the MINI Paceman will include new customisation options and clever details to enhance the distinctive profile of these two models. New sports options include the John Cooper Works Exterior Package, the John Cooper Works Interior Package and the John Cooper Works Chili Package. The optional storage package for the MINI Countryman now also includes a double cup holder at the rear. In future the MINI Paceman will be fitted with a rear centre console as standard featuring integrated storage facilities and a 12-volt power socket. Two cup holders can also be fitted as an optional extra. MINI will also be expanding its range of models fitted with the permanent all-wheel drive system ALL4 as of July 2013 with power transmission to all four wheels becoming available for the MINI Cooper Countryman and the MINI Cooper Paceman.
This means that ALL4 can be selected in four model variants of both the MINI Countryman and the MINI Paceman while the two top sports models MINI John Cooper Works Countryman and MINI John Cooper Works Paceman will continue to have all-wheel drive fitted as standard. In the new additions to the range – the MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 and MINI Cooper Paceman ALL4 – the power generated by the 90 kW/122 bhp 4-cylinder engine is distributed between the front and rear wheels not only to enhance traction on slippery surfaces but also to increase sporty fun on bends. The two new all-wheel drive MINI models are also available as standard with a 6-speed manual transmission and optionally with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
From July 2013 there will be a wider range of options allowing owners who are motor racing enthusiasts to express this through a series of options under the John Cooper Works brand. The new John Cooper Works Exterior Package is available for all engine and drivetrain variants of the MINI Countryman and MINI Paceman. It comprises sport suspension settings, 18-inch light alloy wheels in Twin Spoke Black Burnished Design and – as an addition for the model variants MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper SD – the John Cooper Works Aerodynamics Kit, consisting of a front apron with integrated air ducts for brake cooling, model-specific side sills and a rear bumper with diffuser. In addition to bonnet strips in black or white, the Dark Style design package also emphasises the defiantly sporty character of those models fitted with the John Cooper Works Exterior Package. It comprises exterior mirror caps and turn indicator surrounds in Black Checkered, anthracite-coloured roof rails and – as an additional feature in the MINI Countryman – radiator grille ribs in anthracite.
Inside the car the John Cooper Works Interior Package includes sports seats Diagonal Track fabric in John Cooper Works Carbon Black, the John Cooper Works leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons, Sport Button, Dynamic Traction Control, John Cooper Works door sill finishers and an anthracite-coloured roof liner.
Also available from July on the MINI Countryman and Paceman the John Cooper Works Chili Package offers an attractive combination of racing-oriented flair and high-quality comfort features. It comprises all the elements of the John Cooper Works Exterior Package and the John Cooper Works Interior Package along with the following additional options: fog lamps, rain sensor, automatic air conditioning, on-board computer, lighting package, storage package, height adjustment for the passenger seat and velour floor mats. Another special feature of the John Cooper Works Chili Package is the sports seat finish in the Parallel Lines Light Tobacco fabric/leather combination for the MINI Countryman, and the Hot Cross Carbon Black fabric/leather combination for the MINI Paceman. The package is also supplemented with xenon headlights in the MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper SD models.
New paintwork finishes also provide an attractive fresh touch for these models. In combination with the John Cooper Works Exterior Package or the John Cooper Works Chili Package, the Countryman and Paceman are now also available in Chili Red, which was previously reserved exclusively for the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman and MINI John Cooper Works Paceman models.