MINI USA is finally releasing the pricing changes we reported this past November. There should be no surprises for most MF readers as everything is in line with what was reported. Here’s the full release from MINI USA:

MINI USA will make adjustments to the base price of its models effective March 1, 2006. The base price of the MINI Cooper hardtop, the MINI Cooper Convertible and the MINI Cooper S Convertible models increase by $500. The MINI Cooper S hardtop base price increases by $300. All 2006 MINI options and package pricing remain unchanged.

2006 MINI Manufacturer Suggested Retail Prices – Effective March 1st, 2006:

* MINI Cooper hardtop: $18,000
* MINI Cooper S hardtop: $21.450
* MINI Cooper Convertible: $22,500
* MINI Cooper S Convertible: $25,950

All prices above include a $550 Destination and Handling charge.

As we said in November, it’s our understanding that these changes will only affect cars wholesaled on or after March 1st. To understand what may or may not fall into that category be sure to contact your MINI dealer.