MINI revealed that its Hatch models have received various improvements on their standard specification. The brand will also be launching new personalization options but this will be exclusive for UK customers. For instance, the LED headlights and foglights will now be part of its Chili Pack, the brand’s flagship option pack.
The Chili Pack offers so much savings that more than 50% of Hatch customers and 75% of Clubman customers buy this pack. In addition to the improvements done to the Chili Pack, the brand also revealed that the MINI eCall and the MINI Teleservices will now come as standard starting March on all the MINI Clubman and MINI hatch models.
With the Teleservices, the driver will be able to keep a close watch on the service condition of the car all throughout its life. When the system detects problems, the MINI Teleservices can then send the issue to the chosen MINI Retailer after which the customer can set a convenient schedule to have the matter solved. Since the MINI Teleservices is now standard in the MINI Hatch, drivers can now avail of significant insurance discounts with the MINI FlexiMile Insurance through the MINI Financial Services.
What the MINI FlexiMile Insurance does is to give the precise number of miles driven. For those drives that are less than 6,000 miles annually, they can now get a discount on MINI Car Insurance but only if they have the MINI FlexiMile Insurance product. The MINI eCall meanwhile can determine the angle and speed of the car during an impact and count how many seatbelts were used and airbags deployed.
All these are done without the need for Bluetooth connections. Using the data gathered, the MINI eCall can establish just how severe the impact was, initiate an emergency call, then share the information obtained with emergency services. Since it has its own battery unit, and even speaker, it can work automatically. This is crucial especially in case of a serious accident. Starting in March, the MINI Clubman, MINI 3-door Hatch, and MINI 5-door Hatch, will be equipped with the MINI eCall and MINI Teleservices as standard.
Aside from the changes being made to the standard equipment, customers will be offered two new option packs with the MINI Tech Pack and MINI Yours Pack. These two packs allow customers to customize their MINI for less the cost but they’re still able to increase their vehicle’s value.
The MINI Tech Pack will be available for the new MINI Convertible and all MINI Hatch models. The pack includes a MINI Head-Up-Display, the first time that it’s available for the small car class. Through an easy-to-read display, the driver sees the speed of the vehicle, satellite navigation instructions, and media information. It will also have the rear-view reversing camera particularly for those that do not have this as standard equipment.
In addition to the MINI Head-Up Display and its 8.8-inch central display, this Tech Pack will also offer 3D mapping with real-time mapping information and a 20G hard drive. Then there is the MINI Connected XL. With the Journey Mate function, the MINI Connected XL enables drivers to map their planned journey with certain way point, stop-overs, and reminders without the need to go inside the car. MINI Connected uses a MINI Controller and is compatible with Spotify.
The audio is made possible with the A 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system that has five mid-range speakers, five tweeters, and two subwoofers under the seat. With all the technology options available, the Tech Pack offers 10% savings when included with the MINI Clubman, MINI Convertible, MINI 3-door, and MINI 5-door, unlike when it is bought individually. The MINI Yours pack on the other hand was created exclusively for the MINI Clubman and MINI Convertible.
It includes a Union Flag that has been embroidered into the headrest and the Walk Nappa leather seat upholstery with the quilted leather and braided piping design. The Steering Wheel is also in Walk Nappa leather. Completing the MINI Yours pack is the addition of interior lighting with the choice of three interior surfaces.