MINI Countryman and MINI Paceman in Frozen Black: MINI Goes Matte
Matte paint has been all the rage for a few years now. Not surprising, since a well-done matte finish looks great and can make an already pulchritudinous (word of the day app) car even better. Several years ago, BMW was at the vanguard of the matte finish trend and has been offering “Frozen” editions of their cars for some time now, albeit in very limited numbers.
As the latest member of the BMW Group to hop on the matte finish bandwagon, MINI is offering Frozen Black versions of the MINI Paceman and MINI Countryman. Like the frosty Bimmers before them, the MINI Paceman Frozen Edition and the MINI Countryman Frozen Edition will be offered in limited numbers, but just how many remains a mystery.
The frozen matte look is achieved by adding silicates to the paint, which will likely result in a finish that is easier to maintain and harder to damage. The Frozen Black paint will be only avaiable in the U.S. on diesel and John Cooper Works variants of the Paceman and Countryman. Personally, I like matte finishes, but have always been scared of their fragility. So, if MINI has come up with a heartier paint, I am all for it. For more info, check out the press blast below the gallery.
MINI Frozen Edition Press Release
Munich. MINI is extending its program of exterior paint finishes for current models to include an exclusive new variant. Frozen Black metallic paint is now available as a limited edition colour for the top of the range MINI Countryman and MINI Paceman models. This innovative paint which has a textured, shimmering matt finish, gives the car a striking and expressive appearance. The new colour and finish is available for the MINI Cooper S Countryman, MINI Cooper SD Countryman, MINI Cooper S Paceman, MINI Cooper SD Paceman, MINI John Cooper Works Countryman and MINI John Cooper Works Paceman.
The Frozen Black metallic paint finish is created using a complex manufacturing process exclusive to the BMW Group. This special painting procedure, which involves not just innovative technology but also a high level of manual craftsmanship, is now being applied for the first time by Austrian production partner Magna Steyr in Graz where the MINI Paceman and MINI Countryman are produced. The special surface treatment encompasses the base layer for grip and corrosion protection, the colour layer as well as the clear lacquer finish which has added silicates to create the matted impression as well as the velvet effect which can be seen and felt.
Attached exterior parts such as the model-specific front and rear aprons and the exterior mirror caps are finished separately in the paint finish Frozen Black metallic. Due to the labour intensive process used to apply this exclusive body colour during production it is limited to a restricted number of cars.
Frozen Black metallic is of the same high quality as the other paint finishes available for MINI in terms of abrasion resistance and colour fidelity. The finish is completely weather resistant and car wash resistant, however hand washing does require special care as spot cleaning of the surface using wax or polish can leave an unwanted gloss effect. For this reason the BMW Group offers care products developed specially for treating the Frozen Black metallic paint finish.