It seems that once again, government regulations here in the US have taken their toll on the automotive enthusiast.
The second generation MINI promised to be more of everything, and it is. More power, better handling, and more space inside. Unfortunately, as on the first generation, drivers in the US will have to deal with a much less supportive front seat cushion and no English Leather option. It seems that the regs governing placement of the airbag sensor mandate a simpler, less aggressive (boring) front seat cushion.
While we understand the need for placement of the sensor to meet US safety regs, that doesn't make us any less disappointed that everyone else gets better-looking seats. Come on.
See the English Leather "rest of the world" interior pic after the jump
[Source: Motoring File]