- mini's hardtop and convertible lineups get a range of updates for 2022.
- the new look includes revised front and rear ends, and there are new standard features.
- pricing starts at $23,750 and the updated minis will be available this spring.
mini's hardtop and convertible models will look better and offer more goodies thanks to a freshening for 2022. with sharper styling and newly standard and optional features, the two- and four-door cooper, cooper s, jcw, and electric models will go on sale this spring in the u.s. with slightly higher starting prices.
the front end benefits from a body-color insert in the grille to replace the previous black insert, getting rid of the awkward open-mouth look. the rear fascia is also revised, with s and jcw models getting an aggressive-looking diffuser. as is befitting a mini, there are plenty of new customization options including new colors and an option for a multicolor roof treatment. led headlights are now standard across the board.
inside, a digital gauge cluster and 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system are newly standard, and the dashboard layout has been subtly revised with new air vents. satellite radio is also standard, and apple carplay is available if you select the option for navigation (android auto is still not offered). lane-departure warning is a newly standard driver-assist feature, while others, including adaptive cruise control, remain optional.
engines and transmissions remain the same, with the base cooper coming with a 134-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder, the s coming with a 189-hp turbo 2.0-liter four, and the jcw having a more powerful 228-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four. the mini cooper se has a 181-hp electric motor and an epa-estimated 110 miles of range. a six-speed manual transmission is standard on most models, with either a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or an eight-speed automatic transmission optional, depending on configuration.
base prices rise by $500, with the cooper hardtop starting at $23,750, the cooper s at $27,750, and the jcw at $33,750. the cooper convertible starts at $28,750 and the electric mini holds the line on price, starting at $30,750. the updated 2022 models start production in march and should arrive at u.s. dealerships shortly after that.