We weren't expecting the Mini Cooper to get a facelift so soon.
The Mini Countryman was given a facelift for the 2021 model year. Mini's entire model range also received some changes for the 2021 model year including the return of the six-speed manual and some price cuts. But Mini still isn't finished updating its current model lineup. Our spies have sent us some photos of a new camouflaged Mini John Cooper Works prototype, suggesting the Mini Cooper will soon be getting a facelift. If it seems soon for the popular hatchback to get a facelift, well, you're right because the Mini Cooper was last updated for the 2019 model year.
However, the next-generation Mini Cooper has been delayed due to the uncertainty of Brexit. The global pandemic has also likely affected its development, so it makes sense for Mini to launch another facelift to keep the Cooper looking fresh until the all-new model arrives.
At the front, the updated Mini Cooper JCW features a more aggressive front bumper, larger air vents, and a slightly larger grille. A close-up shot also reveals the side vents are redesigned. At the back, the Mini Cooper JCW facelift is fitted with a new rear bumper with a sportier design, but the taillights haven't been changed, although this could change as development evolves. These sporty styling enhancements could well be inspired by the hardcore Mini John Cooper Works GP.
Our spies also spotted prototypes of the regular Mini Cooper S and the five-door Cooper sporting the same camouflage, so it seems like these changes will be rolled out across the range.
We don't have any photos of the updated cabin yet, but the electric Mini Cooper SE's digital dashboard could carry over. We'll have to wait and see if the new Mini Cooper facelift receives any changes under the hood. The current Mini Cooper JCW is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 228 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, while the same unit produces 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque in the Cooper S.
Both variants are available with recently reinstated six-speed manual transmission. No word yet on when Mini is planning to launch the new Cooper facelift, but it will likely debut either later this year or early next year and go on sale as a 2021 model.