New Mini Cooper goes on saleJanuary 28, 2021
The Mini Cooper features a contrasting roofline, revised front end and redesigned interior.
The Mini Cooper hatchback hasn’t changed much since the third generation debuted in 2014. But today the company is announcing a new and improved 2022 Cooper, with updates rolling out to both the John Cooper convertible and the electric Cooper SE. All of these refreshed models will hit dealerships at the end of the year, each with a fresh take on the brand’s iconic design language, as well as some interior and technology upgrades in general.
The most obvious change in appearance is the front. The designers have replaced the traditional high-gloss black grille insert with body-colored trim, which gives the small hatchback a cleaner look. The new Mini features a set of standard LED headlights, several unique 17- and 18-inch wheels, and the rear has received a similar simplified treatment with more body-color inserts. Union Jack taillight trims remain – will be present on every Mini starting next year. Also in 2022, three new vibrant shades will be available: Gray Metallic, Island Blue, and Zesty Yellow.
While the styling changes are relatively minor, the Mini has added several new packages and trim options for the 2022 model. For example, a multi-color gradient roof appeared. Pictured here in San Marino Blue and Pearly Aqua, which blend into Jet Black, this is the only multi-color option currently available. But it will be available on all Mini Cooper hardtop models except JCW.
Buyers can also get the Piano Black package, which includes more exterior elements. The round headlights, combined with the new LEDs, give the car a spectacular look – the trims for the taillights, mirror caps, door handles, fuel cap, badges, exhaust system and grille inserts are all darkened. The chrome trim will also remain.
The top model John Cooper Works is the only hatchback version that lacks a new body-colored grille insert. Instead, the Performance model gets a more striking hexagonal grille paired with two larger bottom vents. And at the rear of the roof is an enlarged spoiler, combined with new air vents and body-colored treatment on the lower bumper.
The 2022 Mini Cooper features an updated dashboard design that simplifies layout with relocated vents and updated surfaces, and there is also a Piano Black finish around the standard 8.8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay compatibility. There are also several new exterior lighting options, as well as an updated version of the Light Checkered fabric seats and, for the first time, a heated leather steering wheel.
The base Cooper Hardtop features the same turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine as last year, producing 134 horsepower (100 kilowatts) and 220 Newton-meters mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission.
The Cooper S remains slightly more powerful, producing 189bhp. and 281 Nm from the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as last year. John Cooper Works remains the most powerful of the bunch, offering 228 hp. and 320 nm. The electric Cooper SE retains the previous 184 hp unit. and 366 nm, and the range according to EPA estimates is 177 km.
With these minor visual upgrades, the Mini Cooper won’t get much more expensive by 2022. All three standard Cooper trims – Classic, Signature and Iconic – are up just $ 500 over last year’s versions. The electric SE isn’t getting a widespread price hike, however.
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