A new base model joins the Mini crew in Australia from August 2016, with the 2017 Mini Ray priced from $29,000 and available in three or five doors.
Under the bonnet will be Mini’s 1.2-litre turbo three-cylinder petrol making 75kW and 180Nm – peppy if not particularly quick. It is efficient, though, returning 4.9L/100km with the manual or 5L/100km with the automatic.
Just two colours – black or white – will be available, but Mini have a range of pink, yellow or green exterior accessories for no extra cost.
Other Ray highlights come standard outside, including bonnet stripes, mirror covers, and specific badging.
Standard equipment is basic, but includes 15-inch steel wheels, Bluetooth and USB audio, electric exterior mirrors, and rear parking sensors.
On the safety front the Ray is certainly competent with six airbags, stability control, EBD, brake assist and cornering brake control.
As on other Minis, advance-purchase servicing is available, allowing buyers to lock down their servicing costs early.
2017 Mini Ray: Australian release date: August 2016
2017 Mini Ray: Australian price
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