a blue car parked in a parking lot: 2022 Mini Cooper Hardtop Front


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2022 Mini Cooper Hardtop Front

There’s also a fun Light Chequered interior and three new eye-catching paints.

The overall look of the Mini Cooper hatchback hasn’t changed much since the third generation debuted for 2013. But today the company is announcing the arrival of the new and improved Cooper, an update that extends to the hardtop, convertible, John Cooper Works, and even the electric Cooper SE.

All of these updated models will hit dealerships in the spring, each with fresh takes on the brand’s iconic design language, plus some updates to the cabin and overall technology.

The most apparent change to the exterior of the Cooper is on the front end. Designers replaced the traditional gloss-black grille insert with a body-coloured trim piece, which gives the small hatchback a cleaner look. The new Mini features a set of standard LED headlights, a few unique 17- and 18-inch wheel options, and the rear-end gets a similar simplified treatment with more body-coloured inserts. The Union Jack taillight treatment does carry over – it will be a fixture on every Mini model beginning next year – and there are three bright new hues available: Grey Metallic, Island Blue, and Zesty Yellow (pictured below).



a car parked on the side of a road: 2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible Front


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2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible Front



a car parked on the side of a vehicle: 2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible Headlight


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2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible Headlight



a close up of a car: 2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible Wheel Wheel


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2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible Wheel Wheel

While the styling changes are relatively minor, Mini did add a number of new packages and trim options. Our favourite feature of the bunch is the multi-tone gradient roof. Pictured here in a San Marino Blue and Pearly Aqua that bleeds into Jet Black finish, this is the only multi-tone option available for now. But it will be available on all Mini Cooper hardtop models other than the JCW.

Buyers can also get a Piano Black package that now includes more exterior elements. The headlights surrounds – which, when combined with the new LED light fixtures, give the car a googly-eyed look – taillight surrounds, mirror caps, door handles, gas cap, badges, exhaust, and grille inserts all get the blacked-out treatment, if so equipped. And you’re fond of chrome finishes, that still carries over as standard.

The range-topping John Cooper Works model is the only version of the hatchback that doesn’t get the new body-coloured grille insert. Instead, the performance model gets a more dramatic-looking hexagonal grille, joined by two larger lower vents. And on the rear, a slightly larger spoiler sits atop the roof, paired with new vents and body-coloured treatments on the lower portion of the bumper.



a close up of a car: 2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible Interior


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2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible Interior



a motorcycle parked on the seat of a car: 2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible Interior


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2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible Interior

Inside every Mini Cooper is a refreshed dash design that simplifies the layout via repositioned air vents and updated surfaces, plus a piano black plastic finish wraps around the now-standard 8.8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay compatibility. There are also a few new ambient lighting options, as well as a fresh Light Chequered cloth seating option, and for the first time, a heated leather steering wheel.

The base Cooper Hardtop sports the same turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder as last year good for 134 bhp (100 kilowatts) and 162 pound-feet (220 Newton-metres), paired to either a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch. The Cooper S remains slightly more powerful, producing 176 bhp (131 kW) and 207 lb-ft (281 Nm) from the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine from last year. And the John Cooper Works stays the most powerful option of the bunch, offering 228 bhp (170 kW) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm). The electric Cooper SE also carries over with no powertrain updates, still offering 181 bhp (137 kW) and 270 lb-ft (366 Nm), with an WLTP-estimated 145 miles (233 kilometres) of range.

With those minor visual updates, the Mini Cooper doesn’t get much more expensive. In fact, prices have decreased slightly.

MODEL

Manual

Automatic

MINI 3-Door Hatch

From £16,045

From £17,445

MINI 5-Door Hatch

From £16,745

From £18,145

MINI Convertible

From £20,705

From £22,105

MINI Electric

N/A

From £27,920

MINI Electric Collection

N/A

£36,420

Source: Mini