MINI Adds New Tech Features and Interior Updates to Lineup

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The 2017 model year MINI lineup is getting new equipment and high-tech features.

Inside the cabin, all MINI models receive upgraded instrument dials that are said to improve clarity and new graphics, while at nighttime, they will appear in white instead of orange. That color scheme carries over to the head-up display during nighttime driving as well. Owners will also be able to store the head-up display’s height setting on a personal profile on the key, along with the settings for the seats and mirrors.

Switching between driving modes is now done through a toggle switch found underneath the air conditioning controls and a new fuel level display has been added.

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A new tech feature on the three- and five-door hatch and convertible models is alertness assistant. Working together with the MINI Navigation or MINI Navigation XL, alertness assistant continuously analyzes how the car is driven and if the system feels that the driver is losing concentration, it will encourage them to take a break by displaying a graphic on the screen.

Lastly, for the 2017 MINI updates, Apple CarPlay will be available on the Countryman and Clubman with the Media Pack XL or Tech Pack.

All upgrades will be available starting July 2017.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Hp79 Hp79 on Jun 12, 2017

    The fuel gauge was fugly as hell. Looked really cheap. I hate mine in the 2015 F56. The new one looks much better to me.