MINI Australia has announced the return of its entry-level MINI Ray to the Australian market with a starting price of $29,000 drive away, replacing the MINI One as the brand’s starting point in the process.
Available in three- or five-door options and with either manual or automatic transmissions, the four-tiered range is powered by the same 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine (75kW/80Nm) as the outgoing car, with the manual option boasting a claimed fuel consumption figure of 4.9L/100km.
Like the One it replaces, the Ray comes optioned up with standard hands-free Bluetooth, which includes a USB audio interface, as well as heated mirrors and rear-park distance control. Safety wise, there’s six airbags and dynamic traction control including an electronic differential lock, while the ABS-actuated brakes include electronic brake force distribution, brake assist and cornering brake control.
With a base colour choice of either white or black, would-be MINI Ray owners have the option of either pink, yellow or green contrasting highlights which are picked up in the mirrors, bonnet stripes and side-mounted light surrounds.
The three-door manual is the least expensive MINI Ray model. Selecting an automatic transmission adds $2500 to the driveway price taking out to $31,500.
Similarly, the five-door manual is priced at $30,500 with the automatic gearbox pushing the price up to the range-topping $33,000 (drive away).
“It represents strong value,” MINI Australia’s Tony Sartso said. “[And] a selected range of accessories enhancements offer the purchaser a chance to personalise, as per MINI tradition.”
Like the rest of the MINI range, the newly introduced Ray line-up is backed by a three-year, unlimited kilometre warranty.
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