When the BMW Group first launched the new Mini model in 2001, it revolutionised the small car segment. Now, 20 years after its first model rolled off assembly lines, the 2021 Mini enters its next stage of evolution with fresh new designs and technology updates.

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Mini’s design evolution (Image: Mini)

Revised Exterior Looks

To ensure it continues to stand out from the crowd, the new 2021 Mini features refreshed styling cues across the line-up. This includes the Mini 3-Door Hatch, Mini Electric, Mini 5-Door Hatch, and Mini Convertible. Despite the revised looks, the model’s signature central design features still remain.

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The Mini 5-Door (Image: Mini)

A larger radiator grille and trademark Mini headlights dominates the front. The position lights have also been replaced by vertical air inlets to optimise aerodynamics. New wheel archers along with redesigned LED indicators inject modernity into the overall design. At the rear, the fog light is now integrated into the rear apron as a narrow LED unit.

The new Mini also sits on five new wheels across all models. Colours include Rooftop Grey, Island Blue with the Convertible getting an exclusive Zesty Yellow option. The new models also feature a Multitone Roof, an innovative and unique roof-paint finish, which makes each top unique.

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Zesty Yellow is exclusive to the Mini Convertible (Image: Mini)

Enhanced Power & Performance

To ensure the signature Go-Kart ride and feel is retained, engineers have lined-up several powerplants for the new model. This includes a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder engine producing 102hp or 136hp. A 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine generating 178hp or 231hp is also available for the John Cooper Works models. All model variants comply with the Euro 6d emission standards. The 2021 Mini Electric on the other hand arrives with a 184 hp electric motor.

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The new Mini Electric (Image: Mini)

A new version of Adaptive Suspension is also available for the first time. The electric parking brake – a standard for the Mini Electric – is now made available across the range. The optional Driver Assistance Pack also features Lane departure warning and the new Active Cruise Control.

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The fog light is now integrated into the rear apron (Image: Mini)

Redesigned Interior

Stepping inside, the new models feature an 8.8-inch colour touchscreen display and a Piano Black high-gloss surface. Audio controls, hazard light buttons and driver assistance systems have also been integrated into the circular control unit. Also new is a newly designed sports steering and digital display. Owners can also choose from two new display colours as well as mood lighting options.

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Design tweaks for the cabin (Image: Mini)

As an additional step forward, the 2021 Mini also features an advanced operating system with modern graphic display. The screen display with symbols and text on new colour backgrounds has a modern look.

Menu items are now displayed as “live widgets” to be called up by swiping the touchscreen. Advanced connectivity features, audio and navigation features are available in optional packs, which have also been extended. The new models are also geared towards a digital lifestyle courtesy of the new Mini App. Offering an advanced user experience, the app allows drivers to call up information on the car’s status.

written by.
Richard Augustin
Former chef turned writer; Richard has tip-toed around the publishing industry for two decades. When not busy chasing deadlines, you can still find him experimenting with recipes in the kitchen.

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