MINI has boosted equipment levels for its three- and five-door Cooper and Cooper S hatch models while also adding a new optional infotainment package for the base model Cooper, while keeping the price of entry at $26,650 for the Cooper three-door.
The only spec adjustment for the Cooper three and five-door is the addition of halogen foglamps as standard equipment, though those seeking more convenience can opt for the new Multimedia Essentials package to add sat-nav, a 6.5-inch colour display, Bluetooth phone and audio integration and a reversing camera.
If you opt for the Multimedia Essentials pack you can also add the Convenience package on top of it for $1800, which nets you keyless entry, front and rear parking sensors, an alarm, Park Assist and self-dimming rear view mirrors.
Pricing for the Cooper five-door also remains static, holding steady at $27,750. Power continues to come from a 100kW/220Nm turbo petrol inline three, with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic offered at the same price.
Moving up into the Cooper S nets you sat nav and Bluetooth as standard, plus dual-zone climate control.
For 2016, the spec list gets a little fatter with LED headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, LED fog lamps and a reversing camera becoming standard-issue.
For $1800 MINI will also equip your Cooper S with the optional Convenience package, which brings keyless entry, front and rear parking sensors (only rear sensors are standard) and self-dimming rear view mirrors.
Spending an additional $1500 adds active cruise control, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, high beam assist, and adaptive LED headlamps as part of the optional Control package
There are no improvements for the Cooper S either, which soldiers on with a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol inline four that makes 141kW/280Nm and consumes 5.5 l/100km on average.
To reflect its added standard equipment, Cooper S prices undergo a modest rise. Both the three-door and five-door 2016 Cooper S models go up by $800, with the former now priced at $37,750 before on-roads and the latter priced at $38,850.
As with the base Cooper, a six-speed auto is standard-issue while a six-speed manual can be had at no extra cost.