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by David Zalstein

The Mini Countryman and Paceman will be available locally with a number of fresh exterior and interior updates later this year.

Offered as one pack locally – but combining two packages available individually in Europe – the John Cooper Works Chilli Package will be available for Mini Countryman and Mini Paceman Cooper S and Cooper S/D models only.

Exterior additions include a John Cooper Works aerodynamics kit comprising a front apron with integrated air ducts, side sills and a rear bumper with diffuser, sports suspension, and 18-inch Twin Spoke Black Burnished light alloy wheels.

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Black or white bonnet stripes are also included along with Black Checkered mirror caps, anthracite-coloured roof rails and anthracite-coloured radiator grille ribs (Mini Countryman only).

Inside the package sees the inclusion of Diagonal Track fabric in John Cooper Works Carbon Black, a John Cooper Works leather multifunction steering wheel, John Cooper Works door sill finishers and an anthracite-coloured roof liner.

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Sports seats finished in Parallel Lines Light Tobacco fabric/leather for the four-door Mini Countryman and Hot Cross Carbon Black fabric/leather for the two-door Mini Paceman are also included in the package, as is the Chili Red exterior paint finish previously only available on the full-house John Cooper Works models.

A new double cup holder for the Mini Countryman will also be introduced as a standard item as part of the update, as will a new rear centre console for the Mini Paceman that includes two cup holders and a 12-volt socket.

Mini Australia says the updates take effect from July production, meaning they should start arriving in late September/early October.

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The price premium for the John Cooper Works Chilli Package is yet to be announced.

Mini has also expanded its line-up of all-wheel-drive models in other markets to include a Mini Cooper Countryman ALL4 and Mini Cooper Paceman ALL4, but at this stage the local division has no plans to replicate the expansion, offering the system exclusively on the Cooper S and Cooper SD models.

Prices for the Mini Countryman and Paceman start at $34,100 and $35,900 respectively.

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