Mini unveils juicy update for 2021 Mini line-up

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Words: Matthew Hansen
27 Jan 2021

Barely a few months after it launched the fully electric Mini Cooper Electric on Kiwi shores, Mini has revealed not only a new version of its first EV, but a new-look Cooper and Cooper S as well.

The update is both subtle and immediately identifiable. The increased grille size from the last update is now even larger, reaching all the way down to the bottom with a new-look gloss black bezel — a slash of body-coloured panel work separating the top and bottom grilles. Mini says it’s a more minimalist image.

Not only are we inclined to agree, but given what the firm’s owners — BMW — have done to their grilles, we’re also inclined to breathe a sigh of relief. This is a lovely looker.

One of the other rather curious visual changes is the introduction of a ‘Multitone Roof’. Mini is touting the design feature as a world first; seeing roofs in certain models feature a colour gradient — one colour at the front gradually fading into another colour for the rear.

Another cornerstone of the update is tech-based. While most of the cabin appears identical, the infotainment system now runs on Mini’s new operating system, which also includes the ability to control various functions with a phone app.

Among the performance tweaks is an updated adaptive suspension system in all models except for the electric Mini. An added valve acting has been added, designed to “smooth out sudden pressure peaks”. Damper force calibration has been tweaked, too.

Powertrains are unchanged, with four available locally ranging from a 100kW280Nm triple, to the 141kW/280Nm turbofour in the Cooper S, to the 170kW/320Nm flagship petrol in the JCW, to the Mini Electric’s 135kW/270Nm motor.

“With the current model revision, the Mini has reached a level of maturity that makes it even more exceptional in the small car segment with regard to design, product substance and premium quality, than ever before,” says Bernd Körber, Head of Mini. “The Mini is the original that stands out from the crowd and it continues to reinvent itself again and again.”

“The new Multitone Roof for the Mini is not only the most expressive form of contrast paint to date, it also takes the brand‘s hallmark ex works customisation options to a new level,” adds Oliver Heilmer, Head of Mini Design. “And because every roof looks a little bit different and is so unique, it pays to look closely more than ever.”

The updated Mini is set to land in New Zealand in the second half of 2021. Local pricing has yet to be confirmed, but will be revealed closer to launch. 

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