MINIUSA has finally released it’s official 2006 press release to the public this morning. This news release comes a couple weeks after we leaked all of the official 2006 details so there really aren’t any surprises here. Nevertheless, it’s a nice summary of all the changes we’ve been talking about at MotoringFile for the past couple of weeks:

MINI USA enhances its 2006 model line up with new packages and optional features, including most notably a new Checkmate package and new factory-installed John Cooper Works package. In addition, MINI USA holds the line on 2006 MSRP pricing for the MINI Cooper, the MINI Cooper Convertible and the MINI Cooper S Convertible. The MINI Cooper S hardtop increases by $200.

John Cooper Works Kit Now Factory-Installed
MINI has now made the popular John Cooper Works performance upgrade available as a 2006 factory-installed option. In addition to the engine performance upgrade, the factory installation adds the John Cooper Works sport brake kit and a limited-slip differential. Along with the expanded line of John Cooper Works tuner accessories, MINI USA will continue to offer the dealer-installed John Cooper Works engine performance kit. The factory-installed package will retail for $6,300.

Checkmate Package Highlights New 2006 Options
For 2006, MINI USA now offers even more ways for owners to individualize their MINI. Available on the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S hardtop models, the Checkmate package features an exclusive exterior appearance with special Checkmate side decals, a rear spoiler and bonnet stripes. The custom Checkmate interior offers uniquely patterned cloth/leather sport seats, leather wrapped wheel and a high-gloss, specially patterned dash panel. An exclusive performance wheel and tire package, Dynamic Stability Control and font fog lamps round out the package’s sporty orientation.

MINI USA also expands its line of optional equipment for 2006. New interior options include English Leather upholstery, a MINI “Seven” high-gloss black dash panel and a MINI “Park Lane” dash. Exterior options include roof, mirror caps and bonnet stripes now available in silver, new paint colors including Solar Red, Royal Grey and Space Blue and two new 15″ no-cost wheel packages for the MINI Cooper.

2006 Pricing
As the definitive premium small car, MINI offers an ideal combination of value, fun and performance. By holding prices for three out of four models and offering more options and features, MINI increases the value equation for 2006. The 2006 MINI Cooper holds at $17,500 and the MINI Cooper Convertible and MINI Cooper S Convertible hold at $22,000 and $25,400 respectively. All MSRP pricing include a $550 destination charge.

Select package and option prices have been incrementally adjusted for 2006; Sport and Premium packages have increased by $50, metallic paint has increased by $30 and the body color dash is now optional at $200.


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