Top-spec Mini Countryman and Mini Paceman models are now available in a new matt Frozen Black Metallic finish, although only on a limited number of cars.

The new finish requires a special labour-intensive process that is currently exclusive to BMW, and includes the addition of silicates to the final lacquer layer to produce the matt velvet effect.

The Frozen Black finish is completely weather- and car wash-resistant. However, hand washing does require special care as excessive rubbing or using wax or polish can create a gloss effect.  To counter this, BMW has created a range of cleaning products specially for the Frozen Black finish.

Frozen Black metallic is available, albeit with restricted supply, for the Mini Cooper S Countryman, Cooper SD Countryman, Cooper S Paceman, Cooper SD Paceman, JCW Countryman and JCW Paceman.