The original in the small car premium segment moves to the next stage of its evolution. With a makeover for the MINI 3-door, the MINI 5-door and the MINI Convertible, the British premium automobile manufacturer confirms the position of the three models as the premium providers of driving fun, expressive design and individual style.
Clear exterior design accents give it a purist appearance that emphasises the hallmark design features. In addition, the innovative Multitone Roof creates unique individualisation opportunities. In the interior, the extensively redesigned cockpit underlines the premium character of the MINI-3 door, the MINI-5 door and the MINI Convertible. Attractive additions to the range of standard and optional equipment, new exterior paint finishes, light-alloy wheels, interior and seating surfaces as well as innovative technology in the areas of chassis, driver assistance systems, operation and connectivity round off the latest update for the British brand’s small car models.
20 years after the launch of the modern MINI, the latest model generation presents itself in top form. The concept associated with the relaunch of the brand, namely to build premium cars for the small car segment, has turned into a unique and global success story. Today, MINI is the epitome of agile driving combined with an unmistakable look; it meets the highest standards in terms of technology and quality in its vehicle class.
The global market launch of the latest edition of the MINI-3 door, MINI 5-door and MINI Convertible models will begin in March 2021. In a model-specific version, the comprehensive design, technology and premium quality update also give fresh impetus to the all-electric MINI Cooper SE in continuing its successful push into the electric vehicle segment. The latest version of the extreme athletes, the MINI John Cooper Works and MINI John Cooper Works Convertible also benefits from a model-specific further development of their design and their product substance.
Powerful and efficient petrol engines with three or four cylinders constitute the drive portfolio for the MINI 3-door, the MINI 5-door and the MINI Convertible. Their MINI TwinPower Turbo technology is made up of a turbocharging unit integrated into the exhaust manifold, direct petrol injection and variable valve timing. The 3-cylinder engines, each with a capacity of 1.5 litres, are available in three versions with outputs ranging from 55 kW/75 hp to 75 kW/102 hp and 100 kW/136 hp. The 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine generates a maximum output of 1131 kW/178 hp or 170 kW/231 hp in the two John Cooper Works models. Thanks to consistently optimised emission control technology, which includes a petrol engine particulate filter, all model variants comply with the Euro 6d emission standard.
With its 135 kW/184 hp electric motor, the MINI Cooper SE provides emission-free driving fun. Power is transmitted via a single-stage automatic transmission. The high-voltage lithium-ion battery, which is located deep in the vehicle floor and has a gross energy content of 32.6 kWh, enables a range of 203 to 234 kilometres as determined in the WLTP test cycle.
The combustion engines of the MINI 3-door, MINI 5-door and MINI Convertible are combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. With the exception of the entry-level engine for the MINI 3-door and the MINI 5-door, they can also deliver their power to the front wheels via a 7-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch (John Cooper Works models: 8-speed Steptronic transmission).
MINI 3-door, MINI 5-door, MINI Convertible: The innovations in brief.
• Purist look thanks to new front design.
• LED headlights now as standard equipment.
• Characteristic side scuttles in a new design.
• Redesigned rear apron, LED rear lights in Union Jack design now standard.
• World innovation: The Multitone Roof.
• New body colours and light alloy wheels.
• Newly-designed interior surfaces and air outlets.
• Redesigned steering wheels, optionally heated for the first time.
• Multifunctional instrument display with 5-inch colour display.
• Central instrument cluster with new Piano Black high-gloss
surround, 8.8-inch display and modern graphics display as standard.
• Sports seats in new Light Chequered colour.
• New Ambient Light option with extended features.
• Adaptive chassis now features frequency-selective damping.
• Electric parking brake available for the first time.
• Active Cruise Control now with Stop & Go function.
• Greater safety thanks to new lane departure warning and bad weather light.
• Piano Black exterior with extended features.
• New equipment packages allow for targeted individualisation.
The spontaneous power delivery of the engines, precise steering, powerful brakes and suspension and damper tuning designed for spirited handling are what characterise the MINI’s agile driving characteristics. A new version of the Adaptive Suspension, available for the first time on MINI models, now redefines the brand’s hallmark go-kart feeling. It achieves a noticeably optimised balance between sportiness and ride comfort through the use of continuous frequency-selective damping. An additional valve acting on the traction side takes over the task of smoothing out sudden pressure peaks within the damper. The damper force is adjusted within 50 to 100 milliseconds.
Depending on the driving situation and road conditions, the damping forces can be reduced by up to 50 percent. This significantly increases ride comfort and superior handling when compensating for slight bumps in the road, while maintaining the sporty characteristics of the damping when turning in to a corner, for example. The innovative damper technology is available for all model variants except the MINI One First, the MINI One and the MINI Cooper SE.
The MINI Cooper SE comes with an electric parking brake as standard. It is activated and released with a button on the centre console and is also available in the other model variants, with the exception of the MINI One First, in conjunction with an automatic transmission, the optional Driving Assistance Package and at least 17-inch light-alloy wheels.
Staying on course at all times: Lane departure warning:
The Driver Assistance Package, available as an optional extra for the MINI 3-door, the MINI 5-door and the MINI Convertible, ensures maximum comfort and safety with an extended range of functions. The new lane departure warning, which is a component of this option, helps the driver stay safely on the chosen course at speeds between 70 and 210 km/h. To prevent unintentional lane departure, the system registers markings at the edge of the lane and alerts the driver if there is a risk of deviation by vibrating the steering wheel.
Maintaining speed and distance more comfortably: The new
Active Cruise Control – now featuring Stop & Go function.
By evaluating the images from the front camera, the conditions for another driver assistance system are created. This feature is available for the first time for the MINI 3-door, the MINI 5-door and the MINI Convertible. The new Driver Assistance Package Plus includes Active Cruise Control, which now also offers a Stop & Go function in conjunction with an automatic transmission. It automatically maintains the desired speed and the distance to vehicles ahead in four stages. The system uses data registered by the front camera installed in the upper part of the windscreen frame to adjust speed and distance according to the situation.
The combined speed and distance control can be used in the range between 30 and 140 km/h. If necessary, the system can brake the vehicle to a standstill. To start up again from a standstill, you only need to briefly depress the accelerator pedal.
New equipment packages and trims allow for targeted individualisation.
A newly structured range of trims and equipment packages permits customers to optimally customise the MINI 3-door, the MINI 5-door and the MINI Convertible. It allows customers to add their favourite options to the extended standard equipment range of the MINI in a simple and coherent way. The trims are distinguished above all by their independent and harmoniously coordinated exterior and interior design features. Individual wishes regarding comfort, driver assistance, operation and networking can also be fulfilled thanks to a clear selection of equipment packages. In addition, a reduced number of individual options remain for the final configuration of the vehicle, oriented towards the customer’s personal style.
The trims available to complement the extensive range of standard equipment also each include the Ambient Light and MINI Driving Modes options. The Classic Trim also includes particularly attractive exterior paint finishes and light-alloy wheels as well as sports seats in the fabric/leatherette combination Black Pearl/Carbon Black and the interior surface in the Piano Black variant.
Added driving fun and sporty appeal is achieved with the John Cooper Works Trim, which is available for all model version with the exception of the MINI One First and the MINI Cooper SE. This is ensured by a specific selection of exterior paint finishes, the John Cooper Works Aerodynamic Kit, the Piano Black exterior option and 17-inch light-alloy wheels in Track Spoke Black design or 18-inch light-alloy wheels in Circuit Spoke design for the MINI John Cooper Works and MINI John Cooper Works Convertible models. In addition, the Adaptive Chassis is part of the John Cooper Works Trim. In the interior, John Cooper Works sports seats in the Dinamica/leather combination Carbon Black, the nappa leather steering wheel with John Cooper Works logo, the interior surface in Piano Black, John Cooper Works door sill trims, the anthracite-coloured roof liner and stainless steel pedals add to the joy of driving a MINI even more.
The MINI Yours Trim gives the car a particularly stylish touch with high-quality exterior paintwork and MINI Yours logos on the B and C columns of the MINI 3-door and MINI 5-door models respectively, as well as 18-inch light-alloy wheels in MINI Yours British Spoke design and 17-inch light-alloy wheels in Roulette Spoke design for the MINI Cooper SE. The exclusive ambience in the interior is provided by sports seats in the MINI Yours Leather Lounge Carbon Black version, the nappa leather steering wheel with MINI Yours logo, the anthracite roof liner, MINI Yours floor mats and the interior surface in the new MINI Yours Aluminium version. The MINI Yours Trim is offered for all model variants with the exception of the MINI One First.
The Electric Trim is available exclusively for the MINI Cooper SE. It includes White Silver metallic paint finish with a black roof and yellow exterior mirror caps and 17-inch light-alloy wheels in Electric Power Spoke design as well as Cross Punch Carbon Black leather upholstery, a nappa leather steering wheel with MINI Electric logo and the anthracite roof liner.
The newly compiled equipment packages include optional comfort, driver assistance and connectivity functions. The new comfort package, for example, includes automatic air conditioning, the centre armrest, the interior mirror with automatic anti-dazzle function, the exterior mirror package and the storage package. The Comfort Plus Package adds comfort access, heated seats and steering wheel.
The Driver Assistance Package includes Park Distance Control with sensors at the rear and the rear-view camera, as well as cruise control with braking function and Driving Assistant including the new lane departure warning. With the Driver Assistance Package Plus, these functions are supplemented by the Parking Assistant and Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function.
New operating system with modern graphics display and additional connectivity features.
The operating system of the MINI 3-door, MINI 5-door and MINI Convertible is now more advanced than ever before thanks to a new graphics display and further developed options for selecting and controlling vehicle functions, audio system, hands-free telephone system, navigation and apps. The screen display with symbols and white text on new colour backgrounds has a particularly high-grade and modern look.
The desired menu items are displayed as “live widgets” and can be called up by swiping the touchscreen, whereupon they are shown in enlarged form in the centre of the display. This stages the content even more vividly.
Advanced connectivity features, audio and navigation features are combined in three further equipment packages that build on each other. The multifunctional instrument display, MINI Connected, ConnectedDrive and Remote Services are all components of the Connected Media package. The Connected Navigation Package adds the MINI navigation system including Real Time Traffic Information and Apple CarPlay preparation. The Connected Navigation Plus package also adds MINI Connected XL, Concierge Services, MINI Head-Up Display and telephony with wireless charging.
Always connected to your MINI: The new MINI App.
The new MINI App offers an advanced user experience that is completely oriented towards a digital lifestyle. It allows drivers to contact their MINI at any time, for example to call up information on the car’s status or to prepare the next excursion. The MINI App, which can currently be downloaded free of charge from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store in 30 European countries as well as in South Korea, serves as a universal interface between the smartphone or other personal devices and the car. The MINI App features fresh design and new functions.
For example, the fuel level or charge status can be called up remotely. With Remote Services, the MINI can be located and its doors locked or unlocked. You can also send navigation destinations from a smartphone directly to the car. Service appointments can also be arranged very conveniently using the MINI App. Model-specific MINI Electric services are another component of the app. The charging process can also be controlled from a distance and – depending on the time of year – the auxiliary heating or auxiliary air conditioning of the MINI Cooper SE can be activated. By mid-2021, the MINI App will be available in more than 40 countries and 23 languages.