Wait a second, haven’t we seen the 2025 Mini Cooper already? Well, yes, but only sort-of. While Mini showed everyone its incoming electric hatchback last year, it’s not the only new model coming down the pipeline. Electric power isn’t for everyone, which is why a new gasoline-powered Mini Cooper is here and it sure seems like an extensive facelift of the old one we know and love.
Let’s start under the hood, where the two-liter turbocharged four-banger in the Cooper S now offers 201 horsepower and 221 lb.-ft. of torque, up from 189 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. That ought to slightly soften the blow of no longer being able to choose a manual transmission, although for some drivers, a little extra power won’t make up for a mandatory automatic transmission. As for the standard Cooper C, which replaces the Cooper trim, it will also get a two-liter engine in America, although output hasn’t yet been disclosed. Considering the old Cooper came with a 1.5-liter turbocharged triple, this new powertrain sounds like it could offer a step up in refinement.
On the outside, Mini appears to have improved the new Cooper by taking away a bunch of visual clutter. The air curtains in the corners of the front bumper are gone, and so is the fake hood scoop, and so are the gills on the front fenders. The lower grille has been simplified, the grille bezel thinned out, the exhaust tips tucked away, the chrome fuel door deleted, and the sheer amount of unpainted plastic on the rear bumper has been brought down. The result is a substantially more handsome Mini Cooper than the outgoing model, but there are several tells that this isn’t the electric model.
The big one is the unpainted trim around each wheel arch, something totally absent on the electric model. In addition, the new gasoline-powered Mini Cooper’s door handles are conventional, its quarter panels don’t feature sharp shoulder creases, and the whole thing just looks a tiny bit more retro than the electric version thanks to softer surfacing.
Mind you, the facelift isn’t just a matter of changing a few exterior panels and trim, because the new Mini Cooper S features a dramatically revamped interior, in which almost everything happens through a 9.4-inch round OLED screen. Instruments, climate, phone connectivity, the works. Sure, several key safety and driving features do have physical controls in the center stack, but this will definitely be an adjustment for anyone used to the old car’s physical instrument cluster.
While running two different Minis side-by-side in showrooms sounds weird, it currently makes a lot of sense to sell gasoline and electric cars. If you can’t charge at home or at work, an electric car just isn’t the right solution for you at the moment, so demand is still there for trusty ol’ gasoline. Obviously, one last model cycle of combustion makes it hard to justify an entirely new car from the ground up, but there seem to be enough changes on the 2025 Mini Cooper S to make it seem new to consumers.
Expect this new Mini Cooper S to start production in March with a price tag of $33,195 including a $995 freight charge. Wait a few months, and the Cooper C will arrive on the scene priced from $29,945 including a $995 freight charge. Neither of those prices are cheap, but they do come with a mildly interesting fact — while the new electric Mini will come from China, the new gasoline-powered model will be made in Oxford. Talk about selling heritage.
(Photo credits: Mini)
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