When MINI flipped the switch on the F56 configurator they also unveiled a new set of rules put in place that required extra options. For instance if you wanted the 8.8″ or the 6.5″ screen you had to also order PDC and the rear camera. Likewise if you wanted comfort access you had to order the alarm system.
As of last week MINI USA has officially eliminated those requirements. Why did they exist in the first place? Based on what we know a lot of it was due to manufacturing at the plant and trying to stream-line production as the new model came on line.
Look for more options to hit the configurator in the fall as things like adaptive cruise get approved for the US market.