In four separate press releases Rover has announced the following:-
Rover 25 and 24 models get enhancements for 2003 model year, including Trafficmaster on all, rear parking sensors on 45s, satnav option, improved interior, sharper steering for the 45, improved security, new style alloy wheels and new paint colours.
New special edition ‘Impression’ versions of the 25 come as standard with: 15” Turbine alloy wheels, electric sunroof, and remote central door locking. Colours: Oxygen, Midnight and Royal Blue, Sienna Gold, Solar Red, Starlight Silver and British Racing Green. In addition the Impression S features air conditioning in lieu of the electric sunroof, leather steering wheel and gear knob, electric front windows and door mirrors, front fog lamps and a CD tuner. A stylish mesh facia insert and heater control surround has been added to the Impression range complementing the ‘Puma Geo’ interior seat fabric.
Prices start at £8,970 for the 1.4-litre Impression and £9,800 for the Impression S 3-door. The affordable 2.0-litre turbo-diesel is £10,595 for the Impression and £11,595 for the Impression S 3-door. Five-door models are an additional £555 across the range.
The Rover 45 Impression Special Edition 4-door salon or 5-door hatch comes with a choice of : 1.4-, 1.6-, 1.8- and 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engines. All Rover 45 5-door Impression Special Editions have air conditioning, CD tuner, ABS with EBD, remote central door locking, four airbags, electric front windows and door mirrors. Colours are: Oxygen, Midnight, Royal and Wedgwood Blue, Solar and Nightfire Red, Starlight Silver, Sienna Gold, and British Racing Green.
The higher specified Rover 45 5-door Impression S has further enhancements including 15” Turbine alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel and gear knob, a rear spoiler and front fog lamps.
The Rover 45 4-door Saloon Impression S has an even greater level of specification over the ‘Impression’, which includes heated front seats, headlamp power wash, 16” Cosmos alloy wheels, front fog lamps and leather seats.
Prices for the Rover 45 Impression range from £11,750 for the 1.4 5-door hatchback to £14,970 for the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel Impression S 4-door Saloon.
On top of all that Rover is also offering a ‘monogram’ edition of the 25 with touches by Mathew Williamson. These include:- ‘Classic’ Monogram seats with Alpaca leather, unique Mathew Williamson needle stitching, 15” Serpent alloy wheels, and Alpaca leather door trims.
But what’s going to attract the press pack to the Rover stand on press day will be the appearance of Atomic Kitten to launch a range of special edition MG cars.
In recognition of their racing association, MG and Team Atomic Kitten have endorsed their partnership with the introduction of ‘Atomix’ Special Edition MG ZR and MG ZS cars. The MGs are derived from the popular MG ZR+ 105 and MG ZS+ 120 models, featuring additional specification and available in Le Mans Green, Solar Red and the new XPower Grey, as used on the MG Rally and Touring race cars.
The MG ZR Atomix SE has side sill finishers to complement the front and rear spoiler treatment, 16” ‘Hairpins’ MG alloy wheels and front fog lamps. Inside the Atomix features a standard fit Kenwood CD tuner, part leather Monaco seats and a leather steering wheel. An electric sunroof and windows, and remote central door locking provide security. Available in both 3- and 5-door body styles the ZR Atomix are priced at £12,395 and £12,950 respectively. The ZR Atomix SE accelerates to 60mph in 10.0 secs, with 30-50mph (4th gear) arriving in 9.6 secs with a potential 111mph top speed.
Atomic Kitten, Jenny Frost said: “We’ve had a great time racing the MG ZS in the BTCC, winning six races in class. And it’s great to continue this, with the MG Atomix SE cars. We’re so pleased to be associated with MG – it’s a great British brand.”