The entire lineup is pricier, but there's more standard equipment than before.
Mini USA has some wonderful news for American fans of the little tyke: the manual transmission is making a return to the lineup. Yes, enthusiasts can once again specify the Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-door with three pedals, with production starting in November. The Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works models will all be available to order with this desirable option.
While the rest of the range will retain two-pedal performer status, there's still some good news for the other models. The Untamed, Resolute and Untold special editions (launched earlier this year) offer more variety and scope for personalization. The Untamed model, for example, can now be ordered in a new Nanuq White exterior color. This package is the reserve of the Cooper S Countryman ALL4 at the moment and was previously only available in Momentum Grey.
The Resolute Edition gains new exterior colors, such as Enigmatic Black metallic with a Pepper White roof. Hardtop models can also be specified in Nanuq White with a body-colored roof. Previously, Resolute Edition models were finished in Rebel Green with a Pepper White roof. Inside, the Black Pearl Light Chequered seats with Carbon Black Knee Rolls can now be swapped out for the $750 Carbon Black leather interior.
Due to supply chain issues and parts shortages, the Untold Edition has only been offered as a JCW Clubman since July. Thankfully, Mini is welcoming the Cooper S and Cooper S ALL4 models back, with production planned to restart in November. If you don't want the Sage Green metallic paintwork, Midnight Black metallic has been added as an alternative. The leather interior can be had in Black or Sage Green.
While the new colors are an exciting addition for prospective Mini buyers, the automaker has said some shades will soon be discontinued. This includes Pepper White, White Silver, and Moonwalk Gray, which will be discontinued by November. This is almost certainly related to supply chain restrictions that impacted the company (and so many others) this year. The Classic Trim, for example, was discontinued.
However, things are looking a bit better for Mini, and the company has responded by adding once-restricted equipment into the newly revised trim levels. Signature 2.0 and Iconic 2.0 now have more equipment as standard but, as you'd expect, Mini has had to increase prices ever so slightly.
A Cooper Hardtop 2-Door will now set buyers back $28,600 (in Signature 2.0 guise), which is a lot of money for a small car. However, standard equipment includes a panoramic sunroof, Apple CarPlay compatibility, rear parking sensors (with a backup camera), and LED headlights. Safety-wise, the base Mini boasts forward collision and lane departure warning, along with eight airbags.
The base pricing for the rest of the range is as follows: Convertible ($33,800), Cooper Electric ($34,225), Clubman ($34,400), Countryman ($34,950), and Cooper Hardtop 4-Door ($29,700). We're elated to see the return of the manual transmission as it won't be around for long. Mini will soon pivot towards an electric-only range, which means the fizzy, boisterous, and exciting ICE Mini will soon be no more.
Still, as the Mini EV has shown us, the brand is capable of making fun electric cars.