New Tech Comes To MINI

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A few days ago MINI posted a press release and details of the newest variant to their lineup, the John Cooper Works Clubman All4. Expected to begin delivering late in 2016. The first units shipped will be for the 2017 model year. So when MINIUSA updated their website and configurator to allow prospective buyers to design theirs, they also leaked a new option that has previously gone unmentioned.

 

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Wireless charging is included with the Technology Package, along with MINI Connected XL, Parking Assistant, Head-up Display and additional features.

 

Thanks to the keen eyes of That MINI Show friend, Brian Dallas, he noticed a new feature included in the Technology Package for the upcoming JCW Clubman; Wireless Device Charging. Only listed within the package, the description mentions that the system is only compatible with Qi approved devices. The Qi standard is only available on a limited selection of smart phones, but there are many adaptors available to enable the feature on your preferred phone if it’s not equipped.

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In other cars, such as the Toyota Avalon above; the center console includes a charging pad built into the surface. By simply placing a compatible device onto the pad, wireless charging is activated.

Presumably, Qi (wireless charging) will become a premium option in other models for 2017, or as they are refreshed, but until the MINIUSA website is updated for the next model year, or an official announcement of the new tech is made, we can’t be too sure. What we do know, is that if you’ve ever owned a MINI with an armrest and snap-in phone cradle, Qi is easily upgradable to whatever device you choose to use, as opposed to the device specific adaptors that were required, and unfortunately not frequently updated by MINI in the past.

Stay tuned for more new tech stories, including detailed reviews of the Active Driving Assistant, updated Connected + Visual Boost, and more in upcoming features.

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Mike Bober has been involved in many aspects of the MINI Community, including working with multiple national series racing teams. He currently owns his first MINI, an R53 "Ramsey", a R60 Countryman "Lauda", and a F56 "Stanton". Previously owned was an R59 Roadster "Winnie". -- Along with many other major MINI events, Mike recently completed his second coast-to-coast MINI Takes The States event.

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