MINI experiments with matte brass accents in place of chrome for a run of MINI One 3-Door and 5-Door models.
The MINI One may be the entry range to the brand, this hasn’t stopped the British carmaker from adding a dash of style and customisation.
Exclusively available in 3-Door and 5-Door variants, the MINI One Frozen Brass Edition is apparently inspired by brass work found in various forms of art, especially from the 1920s.
“Historically, brass was revered as a symbol of status in homes and was heavily featured in the 1920s at the beginning of the Art Deco movement,” said Mr Kidd Yam, Head of MINI Asia. “As brass has a fascinating history and holds an important place in the design world, the MINI One Frozen Brass Edition was created for those who have an especial appreciation of sleek stylised forms.”
Stylish Frozen Brass design elements
These cars feature subtle matte, brass-coloured accents on the headlight and rear light trims, trunk lid grille, and MINI emblems. In addition, the cars sport decorative decals along the flanks. Look carefully, and you’ll spot a corner of the Union Jack in the design. The distinctive exterior is completed by the exhaust tailpipe sprayed Jet Black to contrast with the brass accents, and match with the 17-inch Pedal Spoke Black wheels with runflat tyres.
Inside, the MINI One Frozen Brass Edition features a Piano Black interior panel, as well as seats in Leatherette Carbon Black. The Piano Black treatment is also applied on the controls of the sports multi-function steering wheel wrapped in Nappa leather. Features across the refreshed MINI model range are standard as well, including the 5-inch digital instrument cluster, as well as the 8.8-inch colour touchscreen display of the central infotainment system.
Occupants of the MINI One Frozen Brass Edition can choose between two lighting modes from the control system menu. In ‘Lounge’ mode, the content displayed is in a relaxing colour setting ranging between turquoise and petrol blue. If ‘Sport’ mode is active, the screen backgrounds are red and anthracite. The colour scheme is also linked to the various MINI Driving Modes. In the MID and GREEN modes, the ‘Lounge’ style screen display is then called up, and when driving in ‘SPORT’ mode, the corresponding colour scheme of the same name is also activated. Optionally, a uniform colour scheme for all MINI Driving Modes can be set in the control system menu.
The Lounge and Sport settings can also be combined with the interior light control. There is a choice of six interior light colours for each of the two modes ‘Lounge’ and ‘Sport’. They can each be set using a toggle switch located in the upper area of the windscreen frame.
Corresponding coloured light is then emitted from the laser-engraved LED ring of the central instrument, from the now indirectly illuminated undersides of the interior surfaces, along the contours of the door panels, at the driver’s and passenger’s door openers, from the base of the roof as well as in the front area of the centre console and in the footwells. This provides an individually configurable and always harmonious lighting mood in the car’s interior. In addition, the Ambient Light feature also illuminates the door handles and the entry areas on the driver and passenger sides.
Fun, yet fuel efficient
The MINI One Frozen Brass Edition is powered by a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. Producing 102hp, it usefully qualifies for a Cat A COE. With up to 190Nm of torque on tap combined with a 7-speed Steptronic automated gearbox gives this compact hatchback enough potency to zip through the ins, outs, and roundabouts of Singapore effortlessly.
Always connected to your MINI: The new MINI App
The latest range of MINIs offer an an enhanced user experience with the new MINI app. Available as a free download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, the app serves as a universal interface between the smartphone or other personal devices and the car.
Destinations, for example, are easy to find via the integrated search function and can be sent directly from the app to the vehicle’s navigation system. It is also possible to transmit destinations from third-party apps. The map shows the current traffic situation, filling stations and charging stations, as well as parking options.
The Remote Services function is particularly useful when the driver is not near the car. For example, if he isn’t sure that the windows are fully closed or if the doors are locked, all he needs to do is to check the status on the MINI App. The car doors can be remotely locked and unlocked via the app. On a particularly hot day, the driver is also able to cool down the car by switching on the air ventilation function via the app well before he gets to the driver’s seat. Other useful information such as the car’s fuel level is also reflected on the app.
When it comes to maintenance, the MINI App offers easy access to the BMW Group ecosystem. It can be used to contact the official dealer, Eurokars Habitat directly, and customers can keep an eye on their vehicle’s service requirements in the app. MINI Roadside Assistance can also be contacted via the app if there are any issues with the vehicle.
MINI One Frozen Brass Edition
Engine: 1,499cc 3cyl-turbocharged
Power: 102hp @ 6,500rpm
Torque: 190Nm @ 1,380-3,600rpm
Transmission: 7-speed, twin-clutch automated, FWD
0-100km/h: 10.3 seconds (3-Door), 10.6 seconds (5-Door)
Top speed: 193km/h (3-Door), 192km/h (5-Door)
To enquire, visit MINI Singapore.
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