Mini Seven design edition nods to Austin original

By Jez Spinks, 11 May 2016 Car News

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Mini Seven design edition nods to Austin original

The first special edition model of the latest-generation Mini has paid homage to the original Austin Seven.

The Mini Seven follows design-focused variants such as the Mayfair, Baker Street and Bayswater that play on both the BMW-owned brand’s heritage and the model’s seemingly limitless array of customisation options. 

The Mini Seven is available with a choice of four exterior colour arrangements. The version released in press images features the Lapisluxury Blue body colour featuring Melting Silver bonnet stripes (with optional Malt Brown surrounds). 

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Its roof and mirror caps are finished in the same Melting Silver, and the side indicator lens surround features a ‘Seven 7’ logo that partially nods to the ‘Se7en’ branding that was sometimes used in 1960s marketing campaigns. 

There are also exclusive wheels – 17-inch light alloy rims in a two-tone, multi-V-spoke design. 

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The Mini Seven cabin extends the model’s premium-small-car approach with seats that mix leather and tartan-style fabric and more extensive use of Piano Black surface trim. 

There are still options for additional customisation, of course. A Seven Chili package includes LED headlights and foglights, white indicators, Driving Modes, rain-sensing wipers and a multi-function sports steering wheel. 

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As the Mini Seven is what the brand calls a design special, there are no mechanical changes. 

The Seven is available in both three-door and five-door body styles, and with a choice of petrol and diesel engines

Mini Australia is yet to confirm the Mini Seven for the local market but says timing would be early 2017 if the edition gets the green light.