Included with the optional MINI Visual Boost screen, MINI Navigation or MINI Navigation XL, the system monitors how the vehicle is driven. Any changes in driving behaviour that could indicate a loss of concentration from the driver and the system will recommend a rest stop via the central display screen.
None of these updates affect the cost of running a MINI so company car tax rates will remain unchanged. All MINI has really done is add a few little mid-cycle tweaks to the design to freshen it up and offer drivers a little bit more. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
- Updated instruments offer clearer view
- More precise fuel gauge and brighter display
- Apple CarPlay now available on MINI Countryman and Clubman
- Alertness Assistant safety feature introduced on 3-door and 5-door hatch, and MINI convertible
- New features available from July 2017
THE clocks have gone forward, the days are getting warmer – well longer – it’s time to break out styling changes for the summer wardrobe.
No, not you. We were referring to MINI.
MINI has announced a few styling changes across the model range that will appear in the summer.
Nothing major, just a few design tweaks with enhanced instrument design, improved infotainment options, and a new control system for MINI Driving Modes and MINI Head-Up Display.
From July, all new MINI models will offer an updated cockpit instrument display with a new night design and a fuel level display that offers greater precision.
The steering column-mounted instrument display will will now light up white rather than orange for improved clarity at night. The same colour scheme will also apply to the head-up display.
Normally fuel gauge design wouldn’t encourage much excitement but even this has added benefits. The new one offers a more precise display, making it easier to read fuel levels with greater accuracy. Petrol station roulette just got interesting.
The change likely to interest a significant number of company car drivers is the introduction of Apple CarPlay as an option on MINI Countryman and MINI Clubman. iPhone users everywhere now have an ideal excuse to consider a MINI as their next company car.
Drivers who opt for the Media Pack XL or MINI Tech Pack can now specify CarPlay functionality, a wireless connection to iPhone apps, including iMessage, Phone, Apple Music, and Apple Maps. Apps are mirrored on the 8.8-inch high resolution MINI central display, and controlled via the MINI Touch Controller or touchscreen itself.
MINI Driving Modes will also see minor modifications in all current models. Changing between standard, SPORT, or GREEN Modes will now be controlled by a big chunky toggle switch underneath the air conditioning controls. Makes not the slightest difference to the modes but there’s always something satisfying about a nice toggle switch.
The Head-Up Display system will now be managed from a separate menu in the MINI operating system where drivers can set up individual profiles for the display, storing them in the vehicle key alongside profile settings for exterior mirrors and electric seat position.
Drivers of the MINI 3-door Hatch, 5-door Hatch and Convertible will also enjoy enhanced safety with Alertness Assistant. Always a good idea if you regularly travel long distances.
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