Mini adds $5000 worth of extras to Paceman and Countryman for 2015.
More gear for the same asking price - that's the message Mini is sending with its revamped Countryman and Paceman.
The BMW-owned British brand has given the pair some extra pep as well for their arrival next month but the claimed $5000 worth of extra gear is likely to generate more interest.
The brand says the added features include satnav, audio upgrade and trim tweaks Its dashboard will have a 'new-look" instrument dial layout and air vent controls. Denser sound insulation improve scabin refinement.
Cooper S versions of each, and the All4 variant of the Countryman, will pump out an extra 5kW.
External changes include LED fog/daytime running lights, heated mirrors and windscreen washers.
Countryman owners are not necessarily expected to go off-road - a main road through to the snow is more likely - so in addition to the heating functions there's also a new Offroad styling package standard on Cooper S All4 and Cooper SD All4 variants.
Mini says the improvements are worth $5000, but it says it is (generously) absorbing these costs and aligning the prices - the upgraded Countryman and Paceman will start from $34,150, which is a $50 rise for the former and a cut for the latter by $1650.
Mini Australia general manager Kai Bruesewitz says the brand is in the middle of 'an exciting and eventful year".
'The launch of the all-new Mini Hatch in April heralded a new era in Australia, with enhanced specifications and a major increase in customer value," he says.
Sales have perhaps not reflected the maker's excitement, which is why staffers are looking forward to the five-door.
So far this year only 1258 Mini vehicles have rolled from showrooms, a 17 per cent drop on its 2013 performance to the same point. Alfa Romeo and Porsche, among others, are outselling Mini.Bruesewitz says there is more to come from the British automotive icon.