- Most models see a $150 or $200 price bump
- New variants: Clubvan and John Cooper Works GP
- Bluetooth replaces Sirius satellite radio as standard equipment
Mini has announced pricing for most 2013 models as well as equipment changes and lineup additions. Most prices are up $150 or $200 over 2012 models. Option packages have been revised, too. The Technology package now incorporates more upgrades, and a newly available Premium package is offered on several models. Finally, production of two new model variants will begin later this year.
Mini will offer six models for 2013, plus the two new model variants, the Clubman-based Clubvan and the Hardtop-based John Cooper Works GP. The company has also announced pricing for all but the 2013 Countryman and the two newcomers. All Mini Coupe models are priced $150 higher than their 2012 equivalents. The two-seater now starts at $22,150. The Mini Hardtop, Roadster, Clubman and Convertible will each be priced at $200 over their respective 2012 suggested prices. The Hardtop remains the lowest-priced Mini, with an opening price of $20,400. The Roadster, which made its debut as a 2012 model, now starts at $26,250. Mini's $700 destination charge, unchanged from 2012, is not included in these prices.
Sirius satellite radio is no longer standard on all Mini models. Instead, Bluetooth-which had been a $500 option on 2012 Minis-is standard for 2013 across the lineup. Satellite radio, including a one-year subscription, is now a $250 option, but it's now included in the Technology package, along with a proximity key and push-button start. The Premium package has been added for the Hardtop and Clubman. It includes a dual-pane sunroof, automatic wipers and automatic climate control. The Roadster gets equipment upgrades for 2013, too, including a standard semi-automatic roof and a rear wind deflector.
Production of the Clubvan, a two-seat panel version of the Clubman, will commence in September, and the high-performance John Cooper Works GP will begin rolling off the assembly line at an unspecified date this fall. Mini will provide pricing details closer to the launch dates for these models, which will also occur in the fall of this year.
Price hikes may be inevitable in the long term, but some 2013 Mini vehicles may offer better value, too, especially for buyers who prefer Bluetooth. Furthermore, Mini's expanding model lineup gives shoppers more choices than ever.
What it means to you: Mini prices are up slightly for 2013, but equipment changes could mean better value. Plus, two new model variants mean greater choice in the Mini showroom.