Starting this month, August 2016, MINI will be reintroducing the MINI Ray to the Australian market, replacing the entry-level MINI One and bringing the access price to the MINI family down to $29,000.
MINI Australia General Manager, Tony Sesto, said: “The MINI Ray marks the entry to the brand and delivers design, style and luxury you would expect from a MINI. At only $29,000 driveaway, it also represents strong value, while a selected range of MINI Accessories enhancements offer the purchaser a chance to personalise, as per MINI tradition.”
Prices, as mentioned, will start at under $30k but in its most expensive guise – a 5-door model with a six-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can opt for the less expensive 3-door version or those with a six-speed manual instead.
They will all share a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, however, producing 75kW and 180Nm which they claim is able to sip as little as just 4.9-litres/100km over a combined cycle, aided by its idle start/stop system.
The standard kit levels mirror that of the the MINI One that the Ray now supersedes, offering 15-inch alloys, USB audio interface, Bluetooth connectivity, and heated and powered mirrors.
The MINI Ray also comes with six airbags, dynamic traction control (TC), electronic differential lock, dynamic stability control (DSC), electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and anti-lock brakes (ABS) which includes brake assist (BA) and cornering brake control.
The new Ray will be offered in two metallic paint finishes, unfortunately: Pepper White and Midnight Black, with a contrast colour as its bonnet stripe. However, those interested in further customisation can spec their car to have a either a pink, yellow, or green contrast exterior body colour as a no cost option.