The 2022 Mini lineup has been unveiled, and it's looking pretty good
Although the facelifted Mini won't make more power than it currently does, it certainly looks sharper in our eyes.
Mini has revealed its updated third-generation Hardtop and Convertible models for the 2022 model year, and this update certainly looks to have kept the ageing hatchback looking rather fresh.
With the current Mini first having launched in 2014, this eight-year update marks the model's most significant yet – although admittedly only when it comes to the design, as the only performance upgrades to be seen anywhere are the addition of optional 'Frequency Selective Dampers' for Cooper S variants, with the outputs of the 1.5-litre three-cylinder and 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines currently on offer remaining unchanged.
In addition to a range of new paint colour options – such as Island Blue, Rooftop Grey, and the eye-catching Zesty Yellow – a revised front bumper design with redesigned air intakes and grille inserts headlines the external changes, with the fog lights having been deleted for a cleaner and more uncluttered appearance as well.
All models feature a hexagonal grille pattern, although there are some differences such as the surrounding trim on the Cooper being chrome, while it's black on the Cooper S which also sees the addition of two large lower air intakes as well. The so called 'safety bar' is also now body-coloured, rather than black, to help visually separate the two levels of the grille design.
Cooper models see their rear diffuser design mirror the hexagonal pattern on the front grille, while Cooper S models retain the mesh diffuser design from before, and all models feature a new side scuttle design with a range of rather trick alloy wheel designs to choose from. LED headlights and Union Jack taillights are now standard across the range as well to give it that uniquely British touch... even though Mini is a part of BMW, but it's still built in England so we'll give them a pass.
It's worth noting as well that the all-electric Mini Cooper SE has had the bright yellow accents that tell the world you're driving an electric Mini toned down to help it look a bit more subtle, although the funny four-spoke wheel design does still remain.
The interior has been given a refresh to accompany the revised exterior as well, with a new 8.8-inch infotainment system fitted which features Apple CarPlay (although still lacks Android Auto), a new digital instrument cluster, and a new steering wheel design that is also now heated.
Production on the updated Mini models is set to commence in March 2021.