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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.

 

Toyota Yaris Will Get Name Change And 3 New Trim Levels

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Toyota first inherited the Yaris sedan from its defunct youth-oriented sub-brand Scion. It renamed it from the Scion iA to the Yaris iA and that name stuck until the 2018 model year. But all that is about to change as Toyota said it would change the subcompact sedan’s name from Yaris iA to simply Yaris.

For the 2019 model year, there will also be three new trim levels for the Toyota Yaris. This was something that was not available for customers when the subcompact sedan was first introduced in 2015. The three trim levels will be L, LE, and the premium XLE. There are no details yet about each of the trim level, but Toyota did say in a statement released on Monday that the premium XLE trim model will have leatherette-trimmed front seats, leather-trimmed steering wheel, and an automatic climate control.

Aside from the changes indoors, there are a couple of interesting updates on the exterior, too. According to Toyota, the new Yaris will enjoy an upgraded front grille, a pair of fog lights, and a lip spoiler that will come standard with the LE and XLE trim levels.

The decision to introduce three new trim levels is a step to the right direction for the Japanese automaker. The mono spec idea does not work for many of its customers even in these times of SUVs and crossovers. Folks still want to be given great choices and options in every segment. A wider market is certainly an understandable reason why Toyota turned to this route.

The 2019 Yaris, and all of its trim levels, will go on sale in the fall. Customers can choose between a standard six-speed manual transmission (39 mpg highway) or the optional six-speed automatic (40 mpg highway). Toyota did not release pricing information, though it’s only a matter of time before more details come out.

 

Six Variants To Break Down The 2017 Toyota Highlander Range

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The new 2017 Toyota Highlander has more power, more safety features and more model choices. Unfortunately, these also add up to the pricing of this refreshed Highlander with extended trapezoidal grille and flashier LED taillights.

Here is the lowdown on the 2017 Highlander’s six trims:

LE

No expert would recommend the base LE trim because of its inefficient 185 horsepower for the 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission it packs. All Highlander trim levels now come with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with port and direct injection that can produce 295 horsepower and 1263 pound-feet of torque. All of these are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard to it are forward-collision alert, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, automated emergency braking, and automated high-beams.

LE Plus

Priced at $36,000, it adds three-zone climate control, eight-way power driver’s seat, power liftgate, leather-wrapped steering wheel, softer fabric for seats, and 8-inch touchscreen with HD radio and SiriusXM.

XLE

For $39,190, you can have leather and heated front seats, push-button start, roof rails, sunroof, navigation with voice recognition and apps, second-row window shades, alarm, 4.2-inch color display, garage-door openers, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

SE

New to the 2017 Edition, the SE trim level can be had for $40,630. It has stiffer springs and shocks, darkened roof rails, grille and headlights, 19-inch wheels, all-black interior with stripes on the seats and contrast stitching. Exclusive also to the SE trim level is the Salsa Red Pearl paint.

Limited

The Limited, which sells for $42,620, can project the Highlander logo on the pavement, thanks to the mirror-mounted puddle lamps. There’s also extra chrome on the bumper, an option for 8-passenger seating capacity, chrome 19-inch wheels, cooled front seats, driver and passenger seat memory, and four-way power passenger seat. You can also opt for the Platinum package for a total of $45,740. This adds a panoramic sunroof, 360-degree-view cameras, heated second-row seats, darkened chrome wheels, and rain-sensing wipers.

Hybrid

The Hybrid models for the Limited and Limited Platinum trims will be sold for $45,700 and $48,820, respectively. The all-wheel drive, gas-electric powertrain is available on the base LE and the XLE.

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