MINI upgrades on way this summer | Car Talk - Car News May 2017

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13:29 Thursday 18 May 2017

The MINI line up is being treated to a summer refresh, with new design, functionality and infotainment updates on the way.

For the first time, the MINI Countryman and MINI Clubman will offer Apple CarPlay. Customers choosing Media Pack XL or MINI Tech Pack will have this new functionality, allowing them to access a range of new intelligent connectivity and infotainment options. Apple CarPlay integration offers customers a convenient, wireless connection to compatible Apple iPhone apps, including iMessage, Phone, Apple Music, Apple Maps and selected third party apps. Apps are displayed and operated on the 8.8-inch high resolution MINI central display, and controlled using either the MINI Touch Controller or the touchscreen.

From July, all MINI models will include an enhanced cockpit instrument display on the steering column, with improved clarity and enhanced graphics display. At night time, the numbers and letters will appear in white rather than orange, and the new colour scheme will also apply to the Head-Up Display whilst driving in the dark.  Individual height setting for the Head-Up Display will now be stored in the personal profile on the vehicle key, as will the settings for the exterior mirrors and the electrically adjustable seats. A new fuel level display on the right-hand section of the cockpit instrument will boast an enhanced and more precise display, making it easier to read fuel level details.

Also from July, MINI Driving Modes will be modified so that changing from the standard setting to SPORT mode or GREEN Mode will now be accessed by way of a toggle switch positioned underneath the air conditioning controls. Head-Up Display controllers will be managed from a separate menu item in the MINI operating system.

Another change sees the alertness assistant rolled out as an option across the range. Included with the optional MINI Visual Boost screen, MINI Navigation or MINI Navigation XL, the system continuously analyses how the vehicle is driven, and if the distance detects that the driver may be losing concentration the system encourages the driver to take a break with a graphic displayed on the central display screen.

 

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