By Paul Rachwal
Thursday, Nov 1st, 2012 @ 3:37 pm
 

Starting this month, all 2013 MINI Countryman models will get a number of detailed changes as the crossover transitions from model year 2012. Perhaps the most significant is the one we already knew about, in that the rear bucket seats will be ditched in favor of a three-across bench seat, making the crossover a true five-seater. The buckets will carry on as an option, however, but at no extra cost.

As reported before, the move to the bench seat is expected to drop $250 from the base price of the Countryman.

The window switches will go from a center console to the driver's door armrest, which is pretty much an industry standard. This is the first production MINI to do so, as the Paceman concept that adopts the same layout hasn't yet been put into production. The door inserts are also redesigned.

The dashboard otherwise gets new Carbon Black rings circling the central speedometer and four air vents. Opting for the Chrome Line Interior option will see the black change into chrome.

Finally, new body colors will be made available for the 2013 model year, including Brilliant Copper metallic and Blazing Red metallic. The equipment levels and packages will also be restructured, though exactly how isn't being revealed.