American MINI Countryman customers won’t have to choose a rear bench seat in 2013 because that configuration will be standard.
It used to be that buying a MINI Countryman meant dealing with rear bucket seats with a quirky metal rail running through the middle of its rear bucket seats. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regulations initially kept the brand from offering a middle seat because of the car was too narrow to qualify for a third bum in the back.
But those regulations changed and MINI subsequently offered a back bench, although only as an option. That will be different in 2013 when the bench will become its standard rear seat accommodation, dropping the car’s price $250 and ditching the gimmicky sliding cup holders.
[ Source: MotoringFile]