The first current-generation special edition MINI model has been launched – but instead of being a branded version of the existing Hatch range, the new edition becomes a dedicated model in its own right.
The MINI Seven is the first so-called ‘design model’ of the third-generation BMW MINI range; it’s based upon the existing MINI Hatch but apparently loses the ‘Hatch’ moniker in becoming a special edition.
Offered as a 3-door or 5-door with a range of engines, the MINI Seven harks back to the original 1959 Austin Seven and is kitted out with a series of special features – most prominently, the Lapisluxury Blue paint, described by MINI as its “most intensive blue tone ever”.
If blue’s not for you, choose from white, black or green alternatives.
It’s finished off with MINI Seven logos on the front quarterpanels, a silver roof and, er, double-six-spoke alloys.
There’s more kit included as standard inside: the MINI 6.5-inch colour infotainment display, Bluetooth hands free, USB audio, climate control and a set of floor mats. MINI has specced up the optional Chili pack too, now called Seven Chili: it has leather seats, Nappa leather steering wheel, LED headlights and auto-brake cruise control.
As for engines, four are offered – MINI Cooper, Cooper D, Cooper S and Cooper SD. Presumably creating a car called the MINI Seven Cooper et al.
The MINI Seven range will debut at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 23 – 26; it costs from £18,545 for the MINI Seven 3-door and £19,145 for the MINI Seven 5-door.