It's already time for the Mini Cooper to receive a refresh.
We recently discovered that the Mini Cooper range is getting a surprise facelift. This is surprising because the Mini Cooper was only recently updated for the 2019 model year, but the delay of the new next-generation Mini Cooper due to the uncertainty of Brexit has prompted Mini to give the current range a refresh to keep sales strong.
We got our first look at the upcoming Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop and Mini Cooper S Hardtop, and now our spy photographers have provided the first photos of their convertible counterparts. The Mini John Cooper Works Convertible is only partially camouflaged, while the Mini Cooper S Convertible is fully disguised.
All the changes seen on the Hardtop versions will be applied to the convertibles, which both come with a folding soft top roof. The front bumper of the Mini John Cooper Works Convertible facelift looks more aggressive, and the air intakes and grille also appear to be larger. Elsewhere, the side vents will be redesigned, as we saw in close-up shots of the Hardtop variants last month. At the back, the rear bumper has a sportier design, but the taillights haven't been tweaked. This could change, however, as the development of the prototype progresses and we get closer to the official reveal.
According to our source, the reverse light will be repositioned above the exhaust pipes where the fog light is located on the current model.
We haven't been given a peek inside the cabin yet, but there's a good chance the upcoming Mini Cooper facelift will be equipped with the same digital dashboard as the electric Mini Cooper SE. Engine options, on the other hand, will likely carry over. In the current models, power is sourced from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 228 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque in the JCW Convertible and 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque in the Cooper S Convertible.
In the JCW Convertible, power is sent to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic, while the 2021 Mini Cooper S Convertible is also available with either a seven-speed automatic or a six-speed manual.