MotoringFile Exclusive: The interior plastic trim on the R56 MINI will become smaller but available in more colors and materials. Our sources have confirmed that MINI will eventually offer such choices as a very rich looking wood and high quality aluminum along several new colors (including a gorgeous pepper white) directly from the factory. We’re also told that dash color won’t be dependent on exterior color as it is now, allowing for some rather interesting color combinations. In total you can expect seven new dash options for the R56 in 2007.

Another new feature seen on the R56 dashboard will be variable color on the instruments. Via a switch in the headliner toggles, you’ll be able to change the color from the normal orange to multiple other hues.

We’ll have more in our exclusive R56 preview series next week.