Published on July 10th, 2021 | by Subhash Nair0
When Will MINI Malaysia Bring The Multitone Roof Option?
MINI has a new Multitone Roof option, but will MINI Malaysia offer it here?
MINI Malaysia has been keeping their product momentum up by steadily introducing fresh new models. Even this year, the company managed to bring in the updated Cooper S 3-door, 5-door and Convertible models as well as the updated Countryman. There’s even a 2021 Mini Electric (Cooper SE) on offer here.
Despite the latest wave of updates, MINI Malaysia don’t seem to have bothered with the most striking visual update to the MINI design brand – the Multitone Roof. This new design feature was introduced on the Cooper Hatch family back when the 2021 model updates were globally introduced. It is now also available for the Clubman model. So, will MINI Malaysia think about offering it? We’re not sure.
Maybe the better question to ask is is the Multitone roof a good look for MINI or is it too flamboyant for Malaysian taste?
About the Multitone Roof
For the first time, an innovative wet-on-wet painting process is being used at the MINI plant in Oxford, UK, to create a three-colour design for the vehicle roof. The Multitone Roof is available as an optional extra on the MINI 3-door and MINI 5-door as well as for the MINI Clubman.
The visual highlight of the new design feature is the flowing gradient between the three colour tones selected for the Multitone Roof. From the dark San Marino Blue in the front section of the vehicle’s roof, the colour scheme gently transitions to the lighter shade of Pearly Aqua, then just as smoothly to Jet Black in the rear section. The unique aesthetic created by this colour gradient is also easily recognisable in conjunction with the optional panoramic glass roof as well as the optional roof rails. The colour scheme of the Multitone Roof forms an interplay that is as appealing as it is harmonious with almost all the body paint finishes available for the MINI 3-door, the MINI 5-door and the MINI Clubman. It is therefore available in combination with all exterior colours with the exception of the Chili Red uni and British Racing Green metallic variants as well as the Indian Summer Red metallic available for the MINI Clubman.
With the contrasting paint for the roof, the characteristic three-part division of the MINI body is emphasised particularly intensively. The horizontal structure of vehicle body, glass passenger cell and roof is a design principle typical of the brand. The design of the roof becomes an expression of personal style. Depending on the model variant, contrasting paint finishes in white, black and silver are offered as optional equipment ex works. A red-painted roof is also available for the John Cooper Works models. In addition, the MINI Original Accessories range includes roof decors in various designs – from the Union Jack to the Checkered Flag design – for retrofitting.
The expansion of the range of contrasting paint finishes to include the Multitone Roof is made possible by the introduction of a new type of painting technique at the British MINI plant in Oxford. There, the light colour Pearly Aqua is first applied to the roof of the correspondingly configured vehicles. In further steps, San Marino Blue is applied to the front of the roof and Jet Black to the rear, creating the flowing colour gradients characteristic of the Multitone Roof. The innovative painting process is fully integrated into the automated production process at the MINI plant in Oxford. Nevertheless, slight deviations in the colour pattern occur due to changing environmental conditions, so that each MINI with a Multitone Roof is already given the character of a unique specimen by the painting process at the factory .