The third generation of the modern MINI receives a major update after the 2019 one, confirming that a complete overhaul is not expected in the short term. The redesigned and improved 2022 MINI 3-Door, 5-Door and Cabriolet will hit the Canadian market this spring.
This also includes the electric MINI Cooper SE and the performance versions of John Cooper Works (JCW), for which the various changes have an exclusive touch.
“With this model review, the MINI has reached a level of maturity that makes it even more exceptional in the small car niche in terms of style, fabric and quality,” said marque boss Bernd Körber. The MINI is the original that stands out from the crowd and it keeps reinventing itself time and time again. “
Refreshed look and a unique roof in the world
Let’s start with the exterior, where we see a redesigned front end with a big black trim that comes to encompass the grille and the lower air intakes, as well as the addition of a color-matched panel to the body ( formerly black). In the corners, thin triangular aerodynamic openings replace the sidelamps, while higher up, LED headlights are now included as standard.
On the sides, the decorative badges have been redesigned to incorporate LED markers and the new models of rims available are sure to grab attention (especially those in “Pulse Spoke” style). At the rear, the bumper has been reworked for a more streamlined look and the lights with the British flag motif are included as standard.
To top it off, MINI offers an optional multitone roof which is a world first and is the pride of MINI chief designer Oliver Heilmer. The idea was born about three years ago and it is now that we can admire the beautiful result.
MINI already offered contrasting roofs, but this one takes it a step further by combining three colors at once: navy blue on the front turns pale blue in the middle, then it changes to black on the back. This is made possible by a wet coat paint application technique, which is now integrated into the manufacturing process at the Oxford plant.
More user-friendly interior
The interior of the MINI 3-door, 5-door and Convertible 2022 benefits from an overhaul of certain surfaces and air vents (less chrome, in particular) as well as a new sports steering wheel (heated as an option) with more user-friendly controls .
Behind it, a new five-inch digital instrumentation is available, while the central 8.8-inch multimedia display with gloss black surround is standard. The display has been revised for more simplicity and it changes color depending on the mode chosen (Lounge or Sport), which also affects the optional ambient lighting.
The seat covers have been updated; These include the new sport bucket seats in a pale check pattern made from 100% recycled materials. There are also new trims available for the dashboard.
Same engines, but …
Finally, it is important to specify that the same engines are back. On a large number of trims, however, the available adaptive suspension with new control logic promises to further enhance the drivability that defines the MINI brand. Basically, the damping is sensitive to the frequencies detected and can be adjusted in less than 100 thousandths of a second, sometimes improving handling and sometimes ride comfort.
Canadian pricing and equipment details for the 2022 MINI 3-Door, 5-Door and Convertible will be announced closer to their on-sale date.
In video: Antoine Joubert drives the electric MINI Cooper SE