Mini is extending its program for the five-door Countryman and its three-door sibling, the Paceman with the addition of a Frozen Black metallic paint option.

The limited edition color features "a textured, shimmering matt finish", is available on the gasoline-powered Cooper S and John Cooper Works models, and the diesel-fueled Cooper SD versions of the two cars.

"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," says the company.