Capping off a major product campaign, Mini today pulled the lid off three key models getting significant updates for the 2022 model year.
The launch of the new Mini Hardtop, Convertible and all-electric SE follow makeovers of the rest of the brand’s line-up, including its best-selling Countryman SUV. A new version of the Countryman, the Oxford Edition, has also joined the family, aimed at making the crossover “more accessible” to those on a budget, said Mike Peyton, vice president of Mini of the Americas, during a media webinar.
“There will be no time in our history, since 2002, (when Mini returned to the U.S. market), when we will have such a newly updated group of products in our line-up,” said Peyton.
While the Countryman was among the products getting a complete makeover, the 2022 Mini Hardtop, Convertible and SE models go through a more modest mid-cycle refresh, though the updates are nonetheless notable.
From an exterior view, potential buyers will spot revised bumpers and grille inserts and a notable lack of fog lamps, for one thing. The fogs haven’t been eliminated, however, but now are integrated into the headlamps, explained Ishaan Katri, Mini’s product planning manager.
There are new wheel arch trims and revised side scuttles, Katri added, while confirming there will be no revisions to sheet metal for the 2022 model year. The three models also will get revised rear bumpers and will be offered with new wheel designs and new paint colors. That includes the optional two-tone roof for the Hardtop and SE.
One of the more interesting updates is the addition of the new Multitone Roof which, Mini said, is “a unique feature in the automotive industry thanks to a new, innovative painting technology at Plant Oxford.”
All trim levels will feature full LED lighting, front and rear, though there will be notable differences in other detailing depending on whether you buy base Cooper, Cooper S or John Cooper Works versions. The Cooper S models, for example, offer piano black accents for the headlight rings and other trim pieces. JCW models adopt more aggressive rear diffusers.
And, of course, the battery-powered Mini SE has a completely sealed-off grille – since there’s no engine to cool – with a stylizes S on the nose.
Inside, the updates models put an emphasis on “Infotainment and Digitalization,” the automaker said in a statement. The heart of that is a new, 8.8-inch display embedded in the center-mounted instrument cluster. Sirius satellite radio now becomes standard across the line, as well.
Apple CarPlay is now available, but due to hardware limitations, it’s only available with the optional navigation system. And Android Auto is not on the Mini checklist.
The brand’s Driving Assistant smart safety package now adds Lane-Departure Warning as standard equipment. And on the creature comfort side, an all-new heated steering wheel now is available.
In terms of powertrains, all are carried over from the outgoing Hardtop, Convertible and SE models.
The all-electric SE model, for the third consecutive year, will hold pricing at $29,900. The 2022 Mini Hardtop will start at $22,900 for a base Cooper, with the Signature trim John Cooper Works starting at $35,900. On average, hardtop prices will be up from $500 to $1,000 for the new year. On the convertible side, pricing will run from $27,900 to $44,900. Add to these figures $850 in delivery fees.
Production for the 2022 Minis will begin in March and U.S. dealers should start taking deliveries around the middle of the following month.