If you’re looking at getting a 2013 Mini, not much has changed from last year, not even the price on most of them. Almost across the board, Mini prices are going up $150 to $250, as the cheapest 2013 Mini Cooper hardtop will now start at $20,400, including $700 for destination and handling. That’s $200 higher than last year’s car.
The biggest changes for most 2013 models include getting rid of standard Sirius satellite radio for standard Bluetooth, making Sirius a $250 option, including a one-year subscription, adding an all-encompassing technology package to the mix, and creating a new Premium package bundle ($1,250) that includes the dual-pane panoramic sunroof, automatic wipers, and automatic headlights.
For the 2013 Mini Cooper Roadster, changes are a little more extensive. Prices on all Roadster models have gone up by $1,200, with the Cooper ($26,250), Cooper S ($29,250), and John Cooper Works ($36,400) all gaining a semi-automatic convertible roof and a rear wind deflector as standard equipment.
Perhaps the biggest change is the addition of the 2013 Mini Countryman John Cooper Works, which will be starting at $35,550. In its first model year, the 211-horsepower crossover will boast a stiffened, lowered suspension, a more powerful engine, all-wheel drive, selectable driving modes, larger wheels, and some pretty snazzy paint, among its long list of other changes. Priced $7,550 above the 181-horsepower Mini Cooper Countryman S All4, the limited edition JCW model will serve as the Countryman’s flagship model and will help give the car a little closer identification with the World Rally Championship racecar model that shares its name.
Production for most Mini models began in July, but the 2013 Countryman is starting production in November. They are expected to arrive in dealerships towards the end of this year.
And if you were waiting for the high-performance, limited edition 2013 Mini Cooper JCW GPII with 218 horsepower to show up here, relax. Mini is introducing it on a wide scale this week at the Paris Motor Show and will be releasing more information on the car as it becomes available for the North American market; same for the Mini Clubvan panel wagon. Obviously, that’s not yet, so stay tuned.