Buried in the 2014 pricing update MINI USA has announced that it will no longer be offering the full length rail option for the Countryman. Additionally the only available rear seating will also be the bench killing the once standard split rear seating. As some MF readers may remember we had the option on our longterm Countryman test car. After 12 months and 12,000 miles we had to admit that the split seat and full length rail weren’t a practical options for those who plan on actually using the rear seating often.
Other changes include the Paceman getting the comfort suspension standard and the sport suspension as a no cost option. This is reversed from 2013 cars.
Here are the full details straight from MINI:
Countryman and Paceman
The Center Rail in Countryman and Paceman vehicles will be replaced by standard double cup holders in the rear seats. – Countryman’s cup holder will include a 12V charging / power outlet. – cup holder will also include a 12V outlet as well as an iPod holder.
Countryman’s rear doors will have a padded arm rest and a bench seat will be standard (a bench seat is the only rear seat configuration available for Countryman).
Paceman will be equipped with Comfort Suspension as standard, and the Sport Suspension will be a no-charge option.
Beginning in MY 2014, MINI will offer both interior and exterior John Cooper Works Packages for Paceman and Countryman models, so Cooper and Cooper S owners can opt for the sportier design cues and color combinations, even if they don’t choose to upgrade the performance.