The new 2022 Mini Cooper range has been refreshed inside and out and obviously a bigger new grille is part of the update – hope you like the goatee look
Well, well, well, look who can finally grow a beard… The new 2022 Mini Cooper range has been facelifted, because the BMW Group can’t leave a single grille alone.
The new changes cover the whole range, so the three-door, the five-door, and the drop-top. Since this brand is still out there milking the whole retro phase, you can even have a colour gradient roof, along with a million other personalisation options available to Mini buyers.
Up front the LED headlights are now standard equipment as are the rear lamps with the Union Jack motifs, which you previously had to pay for. You’ll notice there’s also no chrome, because the emphasis is on high-gloss black trim or optionally the even more glossy Piano black exterior package. They’ve also fiddled with the bumpers – you can’t miss the massive new hexagonal grille outlined in black, but there are also new vertical intakes on the sides which are there to help with aerodynamic drag.
Three new colours have been added to the body palette and you can choose from five new alloy wheel designs – this Rooftop Grey Mini Cooper S pictured here is fitted with ‘Pulse Spoke’ two-tone wheels. Inside the refreshed Mini the dash has improved materials and air outlets, and the parking brake is electric for the first time. Options include ambient lighting, active cruise control, and a whole bunch more, but the 8.8-inch display is now standard. Mini designers also played around with the steering wheels a little bit but you can hardly tell – you can spec Nappa leather though, and a heated wheel.
In terms of performance everything remains the same, which means the range kicks off from 134 horsepower and goes up to the 228-horsepower John Cooper Works version. The only difference is that the latter gains some updates to the Adaptive Chassis now featuring frequency-selective damping, so it’s supposed to be more balanced improving day-to-day use.