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MINI Introduces Trim Levels For The First Time

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MINI will now be classified according to three trim levels—Classic, Sport, and Exclusive—the first time the company did this for its model lineups. No longer will the MINIs be categorized according to their engines. The move is part of a lineup reshuffle that will begin in November.

The reshuffle also includes a five-step ordering process where customers can choose the Classic, Sport, or Exclusive trim level. The process will begin in picking up from five types of model—a 3-door hatchback, a 5-door hatchback, the MINI Convertible, the Clubman estate, or the Countryman SUV.

They can then select which engine they like: the One-badged 1.5-liter three-cylinder 101 horsepower petrol, the two Cooper units—the same three-cylinder 1.5-liter petrol unit but with 134 horsepower and the 2.0-liter turbodiesel Cooper D with 148 horsepower—and the range-topping 189 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder Cooper S engine.

All models will come with automatic headlights, MINI logo projectors under the doors, and selectable interior ambient lighting, which is part of the MINI Excitement Pack as standard.

The trim levels are visible once the customers are asked to choose new exterior and interior styles. The Classic trim is available with all engine options and uses the standard bodywork. The basic trim level is the three-door hatch with the One engine that’s priced $21,360.

The Classic trim is also available on the hatchback models. It uses the regular bodykit but with 15-inch steel wheels on cars with the One engine. Standard to the Cooper and Cooper S cars are the larger alloy wheels.

The Sport trim will consist of a John Cooper Works (JCW) bodykit with either a 17-inch or 18-inch alloy wheels. There are also a couple of features such as the sports steering wheel, sports seats, cruise control, and sport suspension.

The range-topping Exclusive trim combines the features of the Sport trim with a little bit more luxury. The bodykit has chrome accents and chrome trim elements in the cabin, leather sports seats, and a leather steering wheel.

 

Bollinger Motors To Introduce B2 All-Electric Pickup Truck

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We are not even done ogling at the B1 all-electric sport utility truck that Bollinger Motors recently introduced and already the company is making announcements of a follow-up for the B1—an all-electric pickup truck called the B2.

A recent meeting with the guys over the Bollinger Motors revealed to Autoblog that they plan on making the B2 based on what they learned through the development of the B1, the company’s first hardcore, off-road work vehicle. Bollinger Motors plans to harness the lessons from making the B1, including what people love about it and how capable it is, and put them into action in the new B2.

Both vehicles will share the same all-electric, all-wheel-drive system that packs a 120-kWh battery pack, powering a pair of electric motors. They also have the same trick hydropneumatic suspension and in-wheel portal gear hubs. The last one will provide a serious ground clearance for both vehicles.

Robert Bollinger, Bollinger Motors founder, CEO and designer, said that the new B2 plans to incorporate “everything that we’ve learned in making the B1, and takes it in an exciting new direction.” The plan has always been to start off the Bollinger Motors’ lineup with the B1 and the B2 but now that the data from testing the B1 prototype is available, it has become easier for Bollinger Motors to start the development of the B2.

“ We can put all of that engineering knowledge into our final four-door B1 and B2 vehicles. It’s the pickup I always wanted and something crazy better than what’s available on the market today,” Bollinger stated.

The difference between the two all-electric trucks is the B2’s proper pickup bed, which is reportedly 49 inches wide by 69 inches long. When the tailgate at the back is flipped down, the bed can accommodate about 72 full sheets of plywood with the rear glass open.

Seeing as the B2 has been classified as a Class 3 truck, this means that the gross vehicle weight rating will be 10,001 pounds and a payload of 5,000 pounds.

Bollinger Motors plans to build the B2 on the same assembly line as the B1 truck in 2020. More details should come in the next months.

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