The current-generation Mini Cooper hatchback first debuted in 2014. Over the years, not much has changed over in the styling department. They did a few updates here and there, but overall the Cooper looks visually identical to the initial model.
Now, Mini announced that the changes are coming to the Cooper's exterior, an update that extends to the hardtop, convertible, John Cooper Works (JCW), and even the all-electric SE variant.
The changes aren't massive, though. It's a minor update at most. But, it does give the Cooper a much “cuter” look so to say. The visual changes are most apparent in the car's front end. A redesigned bumper ditches the fog lights. In its place are small vertical slats on the edges ahead of the wheel arches. Designers also replaced the all-black grill by adding a body-color trim piece, giving the Cooper a cleaner look. All models except the JCW get the body-color grille. LED headlights now come standard across the range.
At the rear, the bumper receives some as well. Fans of the Union Jack taillight design will be glad to hear that Mini kept them for this minor model update. Better yet, the automaker says it will now be standard on all Mini models. Rounding up the exterior changes are the new wheel options and more color options. There's also a neat “multitone” roof option, which fades from purple to blue to black. A blackline exterior package then swaps all exterior chrome for black trim.
Inside, Mini made minor changes to the dashboard to improve ergonomics. All models get a new steering wheel with improved controls. The digital instrument cluster first found on the Cooper SE and JCW models make its way across the range and is now standard equipment. Other interior options available include a light chequered cloth seating option.
That wraps up the changes for the refreshed Mini Cooper. Mechanically speaking, the new cuter looking Minis are identical to the pre-facelift models. All engine and powertrain options have been carried over, including the electric powertrain for the Cooper SE.
With the Mini Cooper now refreshed, it will only be a matter of time before the updated Clubman and Countryman debuts. Hopefully, they come out looking as cute as the Cooper we see here.