This year marks the sixth decade of Mini Thailand, and — as expected of the legendary British automotive icon — it’s pulling out all the stops to commemorate the affair. With a full blast of near-irresistible campaigns, exclusive events and collaborations that will surprise even the most discerning of Mini fans — a new Mini Cooper ice-cream flavour by Guss Damn Good, anyone? — Thai enthusiasts of Mini have a lot to look forward this year.
Among all the offers rolling out in celebration of Mini’s big six-oh, perhaps the most tantalising announcement is its latest automobile unveil — the launch of a new Mini Hatch 3-Door and 5-Door Ice Blue Edition, with a limited run of 20 vehicles. Here’s a closer look at what exciting surprises Mini has in store in its special Ice Blue Edition.
The New Mini Ice Blue Edition: What’s the Craze?
Mini enthusiasts, brace yourselves — Ice Blue is back, a first since 2013. An all-time favourite, the Ice Blue paint is considered one of the most popular and iconic shades ever to appear on a Mini, and it isn’t hard to see why. To make things even more exciting, the charming shade is juxtaposed with mirror caps and bonnet stripes in a vibrant Solaris Orange, resulting in a retro twist and that sporty-slash-sophisticated look that’s quintessentially Mini Cooper.
A Closer Look Inside
Ever the dapper gent of automobiles, the Mini Cooper S Ice Blue Edition revs up the sportiness with added elements such as an aerodynamics kit, Ice Blue roof spoiler and 17-inch Track Spoke alloy wheels in black with runflat tyres — all courtesy of John Cooper Works. The sleek, hot-hatch design extends beyond the surface, with stylish interiors of sport seats upholstered in Carbon Black Dinamica fabric, a John Cooper Works leather steering wheel, and even an ambient light system installed at the door handles with 12 preset lighting colours that can be personalised to mood and occasion — what more could you ask for?
With Mini’s trademark British character also comes the Union Jack rear lights — a tad towards the kitsch-y side, but we love them anyway. Of course, the features aren’t purely cosmetic. The Mini Cooper S Hatch 3-Door and 5-Door Ice Blue Edition are both powered by 4-cylinder petrol engines, and can deliver up to 280 Nm torque at 1,350 – 4,600 rpm. Speed is fiery — the automobiles can catapult from standstill to 100km/h in less than seven seconds — with a dash of practical flair, thanks to advanced technology and safety systems.
The cars also come with a wireless smartphone charger in the centre armrest, meaning compatible devices can be charged just by placing them on the deck. There’s more — the Mini ice Blue Edition has side scuttles that can be customised using 3D printing technology. Customers who book a car can design one-of-a-kind side scuttles in their preferred colour, designs and even lettering through the website. See more images of the new Mini Ice Blue Edition here.
The Mini Cooper S Hatch 3-Door Ice Blue Edition comes at a starting price of THB2,880,000, while the Mini Cooper S Hatch 5-Door Ice Blue Edition starts at THB2,920,000 (VAT included with MSI Standard Package for both). The cars are exclusively available online. To find out more, visit mini.co.th or the official Facebook page.