Mini is taking its factory customisation game up a notch with user-customisable 3D-printed trim accessories.
If a regular dashboard trim insert just isn’t good enough for you, or you absolutely insist that your puddle lights should shine your own name into the floor, today is your lucky day.
As part of the latest updates to the Mini Yours Customised programme you can now go online and design your own trim upgrades, with your own textures, 3D graphics and text – even in your own handwriting.
The range will cover dashboard trim panels, illuminated sill plates, puddle lamps and side indicator surrounds. All are designed to be fitted at home or by the dealer, says Mini, and can be changed as many times as you like.
That’s a good thing, especially if you make the awful life choice of having your girlfriend’s name etched into some new sill plates only for her to ditch you the week after. Buyers on the second-hand market will want to replace the you-themed trim, too.
At present the 3D-printed side indicator surrounds and dashboard trim panel are available on the Mini hatchbacks and convertible. The illuminated sill plates are made for the same cars plus the Clubman, although on four-door cars only the front pair illuminate.
The puddle lights will fit all current Minis, and previous ones with door projectors or door entry lights already installed. They project a 40-50cm circle of white light downward, with a central design in red, blue or black featuring various pre-set design icons and/or bespoke text. You can even order different ones for each side.
Parts, made in Munich, will take around four weeks to arrive after ordering. The website where buyers can design and order them isn’t yet live, but look out for Mini Yours Customised during 2018. Sadly, none of the parts will fit the Minis we really want…