Starting this November, MINI buyers will have the option to add manual transmission for some models. However, the autonomous variant is not the only change taking place in production. New livery and changes to the new Special Edition cars are also coming.
Meany says supply chain issues are beginning to ease, which is great news for those who like to paddle themselves. Earlier this year, the automaker removed the option for a manual transmission in light of supply chain struggles. Now it returns for the Cooper two-door hardtop.
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Manual transmissions still won’t be an option for Cooper convertibles or others four-door Mini models. In addition to this change, Mini has also announced three new special editions called Untamed, Untold and Resolute. Each one comes with its own combination of special colors and features.
However, these special editions have some availability restrictions. Untold only comes on the Cooper S, Works by John Cooperand Cooper S All4. Untamed is only available on the Cooper S Countryman All4. The Resolute trim is more widely available in the lineup and comes with Rebel Green exterior paint complemented by a Pepper White roof. Each special edition also comes with a specific interior color.
That White Pepper roof is important because Mini says it and Moonwalk Gray will no longer be available as options from the end of October. Instead, Mini presents Nanuq White and Melting Silver III colors.
In addition, Mini says it is simplifying its lineup to “ensure a continuous supply of new vehicles to the market.” These changes include dropping the Classic trim and adding some features to the Iconic 2.0 and Signature 2.0 trim levels. Prices for the 2023 Mini Cooper start at $28,600, and rounding out the lineup is the Cooper Countryman John Cooper Works, which starts at $49,075.